Why oil theft persists in the Niger Delta – Navy Commander


Commodore Aliyu Sule
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 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.
Sule stressed the need for effective surveillance and speedy trial of oil thieves, saying these were germane in eradicating illegal bunkering in the region.
He disclosed that his command had adopted a constant and effective surveillance of the hinterland from both land and air with a view to adequately comb the terrains.
He noted that the approach was yielding positive result.
“We will continue to go after them until they desist from it,” he said.
NAN recalls that Sule, who assumed leadership of the NNS Delta in April, had destroyed 28 illegal refineries and over 2,700 metric tons of crude oil in less than three months.
The exercise was carried out in three separate operations between June and August in Warri South and Warri South-West Local Government Areas of Delta.
Sule said that in the recent operation in Kantu forest on Aug. 13 in Warri South-West, nine illegal refineries and over 700 metric tons of crude oil were destroyed.
He said that three generating sets and five portable pumping machines were recovered in the raid.
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Source:: PM Newspaper