The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Police have pledged to work together to curb attacks on oil and gas facilities across Nigeria.
According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the two agencies made this commitment on Wednesday when the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, visited the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Baru drew the attention of the police to the growing insecurity around oil and gas facilities with the latest being the attack on the Chevron gas pipeline in Delta.
“The attacks on oil and gas facilities are taking a toll on the national budget with massive shortfalls in revenue.
“It also brings huge losses in petroleum products, environmental degradation, shutting down of refineries and loss of lives.
“We call on the police boss to deploy police personnel to all oil and gas facilities. The corporation is ready to provide whatever support needed for enhanced security.’’
The IG said that the police had enjoyed a long-standing relationship with NNPC and expressed optimism that such collaboration should continue.
“We are working on a number of strategies to build capacity for effective policing of the difficult terrain where some of the oil and gas facilities are located,’’ he said.