Nigeria: ‘Organised Oil Theft, Huge Challenge to Navy’


Calabar — One of the main challenges confronting the Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy is the organised oil syndicate which specialises in stealing Nigerian crude oil.

The new Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Obi Charles Medani, said the syndicate is depriving the country of “staggering revenue.” Medani, who spoke during his first bi-annual inspection tour of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Victory Command, Calabar on Tuesday, however promised that it will no longer be business as usual for the oil thieves.

“The Chief of Naval Staff has made it clear that the Nigerian Navy will fight maritime crime to a standstill, especially the shameful practice of widespread stealing of the country’s crude oil by organized syndicates,” he said.

He added that programmes which would enhance the fighting spirit and efficiency of the Navy such as continuous practical training, sound professional practices, physical fitness and regimentation would be improved upon.


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