Commodore Aliyu Sule, Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, has identified impunity and slow pace of adjudication as factors responsible for the persistence of illegal bunkering in the Niger Delta region.
Sule stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Warri.
He said the process of trial of arrested suspects for oil theft was slow which encouraged the perpetrators to easily go back into the illicit act.
According to him, the cases of more than five ships apprehended by his command over stolen oil since 2005 were yet to be resolved in the courts.
“It takes a longer time for justice to be done in matters of oil theft that is why the illicit business persists.
“So suspects should be tried almost immediately and jailed,’’ he said.
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