Nigerian navy chief vows to fight kidnapping, oil theft

Nigeria's new Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Central Naval Command in southern Bayelsa State has pledged to fight kidnapping, oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the oil-rich region of Niger Delta.


Rear Adm. Tarioworio Dick made the promise on Friday in Yenagoa, state capital of Bayelsa, when Rear Adm. Apochi Suleiman, the outgoing FOC of the command, handed over to him.

Dick said the navy command would synergies with other security agencies in the area to tackle the menace of kidnapping and oil theft.

He solicited the cooperation of the people of the region by providing useful information that could aid the efforts of the command to check illegal activities in the maritime domain in the region.

In his remarks, Suleiman said the Navy had been adequately equipped to stamp out crude oil theft, bunkering and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta.

He said the command had zero tolerance for illegalities within the command’s area of responsibility and beyond, and warned those involved in illegalities to desist from such acts.

Nigeria has over the years been confronted with the challenges of curbing illegal oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism and criminal activities in the Niger Delta Region.

These illegal activities have not only led to significant loss in revenue accruable to the government, but have also led to damage of strategic oil installations. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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