Nigeria: JTF launches fresh offensive against oil thieves, pirates

Written by  Idowu Samuel РAbuja

The Joint Military Task Force in Rivers State has launched a full scale war against oil thieves and pirates, just as the commander, Major-General Beita Debiro, promised  perpetrators hell if they refused to desist from their illegal activities.

He said, “pipeline vandals and pirates should stop the practice or else the JTF will make life unbearable for them. The government and  Nigerians are against these crimes. Nigerians should, therefore, come together and fight the scourge called illegal oil bunkering and piracy.”

According to a report made available to the Nigerian Tribune, Debiro made the appeal during an inspection tour of Bonny area of Rivers State.

Reports said 17 vessels and boats had already been arrested by the Sub Sector 5 of the JTF (which consists of Bonny, Andoni and Gokana areas of Rivers State) between April 2012 and July 2013.

The commander, in a chat with newsmen after the inspection said, the JTF was fully prepared to combat oil thieves and pirates  in the Niger Delta region while officers would maintain a high level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

General Debiro, averred that the activities of the oil thieves were not supported by the government, a reason he said the task force would do all in its capacity to stamp out stealing of the Nigerian crude oil in the Niger Delta, just as he called for the co-operation of Nigerians to make the fight a success.


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