Navy advocates stringent laws to prosecute oil thieves

From JUDEX OKORO, Calabar

Worried by the incessant oil theft along Nigeria’s maritime waters, the Nigeria Navy has advocated total overhauling of the existing laws to enable them prosecute crude oil thieves.

The Navy said there was urgent need to speed up the passage of Maritime Tribunal Bill pending before the National Assembly.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Usman Jubril, who earlier called for the reforms of the judiciary during the 2014 Navy Week held in Calabar, Cross River State, said it was high time Federal Government reviewed the current punishment of those found guilty of crude oil theft and other related offences.

Jubril said: “Some of the stringent punishments should include forfeiture of vessels, platforms and products, forfeiture of personal assets and bank account traceable to offender.”

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