Nigerian Navy says oil thieves are behind malicious media campaign

Nigerian Navy says oil thieves are behind malicious media campaign

The Nigerian Navy said it has been targeted by a malicious media campaign sponsored by criminals, desperate individuals and organizations behind crude oil theft in the country.

This is according to a statement issued by the Chief of Naval Intelligence, Rear Admiral Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, in Abuja on Thursday.

He said desperate individuals and organizations have published in some mainstream media and online news platforms the basis for opposing the Navy's efforts to stamp out oil theft and other forms of illegal activity in the country's waters. It is said that he was sponsoring false reporting.

He said their modus operandi included providing services to third-party agents and organized self-interest to discredit the reinvigorated stance of the Nigerian Navy in the fight against oil theft. He stated that it has been observed that

“Normally, the Nigerian Navy would not have reacted to such baseless claims, but this became necessary to prevent the gullible public from being misinformed by false publications.

“Suffice it to say that the Nigerian Navy fulfills its legal responsibilities as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and continues to work tirelessly towards improving the country’s maritime security,” he said.


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