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Navy condemns reports of collusion in oil theft | Headline News

The Nigerian Navy (NN) Command has condemned reports in some media outlets against the Navy’s efforts to combat crude oil theft and other illegal activities in Nigeria’s maritime sector.

In a statement signed by the Director of Intelligence, Rear Admiral AO Ayo-Vaughan, the Navy said: Some mainstream and online news platforms have opposed NN's continued efforts to eradicate the menace of oil theft and other forms of illegal activities in the country's maritime sector.

“We observe that their modus operandi includes providing services to third-party agents and sexual egoists to discredit NN’s reinvigorated stance in the fight against oil theft. has been done.

“Normally, NN would not have responded to such baseless claims, but it has become necessary to prevent the gullible public from being misinformed by false publications.

“Suffice it to say that NN fulfills its legal responsibilities as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and will continue to work tirelessly towards improving the country’s maritime security.

“It is on record that NN has always worked in harmony with all maritime stakeholders nationally, regionally and internationally. As long as professionalism and standard operating procedures are strictly followed, the interests of the national economy It is a well-known development that private maritime actors will be involved in protecting critical land-based economic assets.

Therefore, it is completely false to make claims to the contrary through sponsored, poorly conceived and unsubstantiated publications. ” The Navy chief said that as the lead agency for the security of Nigeria’s maritime environment, the NN is at the forefront of galvanizing legitimate maritime stakeholders in the collective fight against oil theft and securing the nation’s economic assets. he pointed out.

He referred to various past and ongoing operations and exercises aimed at curbing maritime crime, particularly oil theft. He said the operations include Operation Dakar-ta-Dabarwo, Operation Calm Waters, Operation Nichekwe Oshimiri and Exercise Sea Guardian.

He further added, “Operation NN against crude oil theft in 2023 resulted in the arrest of 23 vessels, over 233 suspects, 690 wooden vessels laden with stolen crude oil and products, and the arrest of over 703 illegal Refining facilities were destroyed. Dozens of barges, 82 vehicles and tanker trucks were also arrested and over N105 billion worth of crude oil and petroleum products seized.”


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