Nigeria: Navy adopts fresh strategies against oil theft

By Chido Okafor (Warri) and Ann Godwin (Port Harcourt)

Niger Delta group explains persistence of menace 

IN a renewed bid to drastically reduce oil theft, piracy and attacks on oil and gas installations on the waterways and maritime environment, the Nigerian Navy said it has adopted fresh strategies to check the menace and boost the economy.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, disclosed that the moves include strategically positioning the troops at “choke points,” thereby making it difficult for oil thieves to transport stolen petroleum products.

However, the Centre for the vulnerable and the underprivileged (Centrep) has accused security agencies of complicity in the high-level oil theft in the Niger Delta region, saying it is the reason the scourge could not be checked.

Ibas said yesterday in Port Harcourt shortly after addressing officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy Ship, Pathfinder Port Harcourt: “The navy has come up with patrol strategies and creation of more choke points so that when oil thieves steal whatever they have to, they cannot have access into the open sea.

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