By Chido Okafor (Warri) and Ann Godwin (Port Harcourt)
Niger Delta group explains persistence of menace
IN a renewed bid to drastically reduce oil theft, piracy and attacks on oil and gas installations on the waterways and maritime environment, the Nigerian Navy said it has adopted fresh strategies to check the menace and boost the economy.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, disclosed that the moves include strategically positioning the troops at “choke points,” thereby making it difficult for oil thieves to transport stolen petroleum products.
However, the Centre for the vulnerable and the underprivileged (Centrep) has accused security agencies of complicity in the high-level oil theft in the Niger Delta region, saying it is the reason the scourge could not be checked.
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