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Nigerian Navy Confirms Operatives Colluding With Oil Thieves, Promises Sanctions

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(By Silas Ofori) – The Nigerian Navy has confirmed the fears long expressed by Nigerians, especially those in the Niger Delta that its operatives have been colluding with criminals to engage in illegal oil bunkering and crude oil theft. This confirmation, according to Global Village Extra, was made by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas during the decoration of newly promoted 18 rear admirals in Abuja on Wednesday. He however warned that such unholy alliance would be met with stiff sanctions.

He challenged the senior officers to be above board and ensure that their subordinates equally buy into the “zero-tolerance stance of the NN against all forms of illegalities and criminalities at sea and ashore.”
“The Navy in collaboration with other security agencies have continuously striven to protect the economic mainstay of the country through various operations to counter illegal oil bunkering and crude oil theft.

“The Navy in collaboration with other security agencies have continuously striven to protect the economic mainstay of the country through various operations to counter illegal oil bunkering and crude oil theft.

“While there are significant achievements in the fight against these maritime crimes, there are a pocket of personnel colluding with criminals to sabotage these efforts.

“Let me, therefore, warn that any act of collusion with criminals or sabotage of measures employed to checkmate illegalities will be met with stiff sanctions in accordance with the law of the land.”

Also speaking, the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.), told the new naval rear admirals that their promotion comes with hard work, even as he added:

“With this promotion, you will be expected to filter and perfect critical decisions into workable solutions to the numerous security challenges confronting the nation,”.

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