Military Personnel To Take Over Security Of Oil Pipelines From Ex-militants

The security of the nation’s oil pipelines is now to be overseen by men of the Nigerian military, the Defence Headquarters said on Tuesday.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, who made this disclosure in a statement issued in Abuja, said this followed a meeting between the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu and the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, where modalities to get the military to protect the strategic national assets, were discussed.

 The statement quoted the NNPC’s GMD as having said that he visited the CDS as a follow up to a proposal the corporation presented to President Muhammadu Buhari to have the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain and secure the nation’s pipelines.

It further quoted the NNPC’s GMD as having said that the corporation was taking a holistic step to ensure that the best hands were used to protect the pipelines.

According to the DDI, Mr. Kachikwu said that the NNPC was also engaging the services of the Navy and the Air Force in collaborative efforts to secure the nation’s pipelines and to prevent the theft of the country’s oil.

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