Nigeria: Naval Chief vows to sustain crusade against oil theft


PORT HARCOURT—CHIEF of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, has assured that the Navy would sustain its vigorous fight against oil theft on the country’s waterways.

Speaking, yesterday, at the Navy Basic Training School, Onne, Rivers State, during the passing out parade of Batch 22 trainees, the Navy boss also scored the Navy a pass mark in the crusade.

He said that the Nigerian Navy would continue to secure the country’s maritime environment, adding that they had always enjoyed tremendous support from the Federal Government.

“We have recorded a lot of milestones in the areas of operation capability, human resource development and welfare. We have done extremely well, particularly in the areas of curbing crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism to meet the President’s mandate.

“At the end of it all, we will be issuing a statement that will catalogue all we have done in the short, medium and long terms. I can say that the Navy under my watch has reduced to a large extent, crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism in collaboration with other service agencies, and of course, the Joint Task Force, JTF, which is the component of all the armed agencies.

“Mr. President has been giving strategic support; also the Minister of Petroleum, Minister of Finance, and, of course, the Supervising Minister of Defence. We will go all the way to do what is important to secure the maritime environment that will ensure good economic activities for the development of this country.”


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