BY CALEB AYANSINA
ABUJA — The Nigerian Navy, yesterday, admitted not winning the war against oil thieves in the Niger Delta, citing circumstances beyond their control.
Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, who made the admittance at a briefing on the upcoming 2014 Navy Week in Abuja, said it would soon bring stakeholders to a roundtable to seek ways of ending the persistent economic menace in the oil rich region.
Represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Amin Ikioda, the CNS insisted that curbing the menace involved inter-agency cooperation.
He said: “What we do now is that any arrest we make, once it is confirmed to have violated the laws of this country or found to have been involved in illegalities in our maritime space, we handover such a vessel and the crew to the EFCC, police and sometimes to the Civil Defence because those people have powers to prosecute. You know the processes…”
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