The Nigerian Navy said it had destroyed over 1,000 illegal refineries and arrested several suspected oil thieves in the Niger Delta between January and September.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, disclosed this while on inspection tour of the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder and other naval formations in Port Harcourt on Friday.
Ibas described “the huge figure” as worrisome, especially as government was creating enabling environment to address the root causes of criminality in the area.
According to him, the fight against oil theft, sea piracy and pipeline vandalism is the collective responsibility of governments, communities and other stakeholders.
“The Federal Government is doing so much to provide the enabling environment to tackle criminal elements – which in spite the efforts, criminals still carry out their…
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