FG to use army, navy, civil defence officers to combat crude oil theft in Niger Delta

The Federal Government said operatives of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) would be effectively used in the fight against crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region of the country.

To achieve success in this regard, the Federal Government, on Thursday, set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee on the recovery of the illegally refined petroleum products (crude oil) in the creeks of the Niger Delta region.

The committee comprised representatives of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Civil Defence Corps, Defense Headquarters and the Federal Ministry of Defence.

Others in the committee are representatives of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Environment, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency.

Inaugurating the committee on Thursday in Abuja, the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Malam Umar Etsu Mohammed, said the committee was set up in line with the Federal Government direction on security and economy for efficient management of illegally refined petroleum recovered illegal operators in the creek.

Among other things, the federal government charged the committee to detect, report, evacuate, assess and ensure transparent disposal of the product with due consideration to the environment.

The permanent secretary announced that the Federal Ministry of Justice will coordinate the process and house the secretariat of the committee.

He said: “It is also my hope that the proceeds from this exercise will be a source of additional revenue for the country.”

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