On Wednesday, The Nigerian Navy impounded over 130 vessels, some of which were loaded with stolen petroleum and crude products.
This was revealed by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas, while hosting Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation at the naval headquarters in Abuja.
The naval chief also indicated the Navy was currently working at integrating its system with those of other maritime operators such as the Nigerian Port Authority and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to facilitate efficient and effective operations.
Ibas assured the stakeholders that the Navy would work towards ending all forms of criminal activities on the country’s waters. He also listed several challenges facing its operations, which he said were being addressed, adding that the corporation’s intervention in addressing some of them was welcomed.
The GMD of NNPC, Kyari pledged to deepen the collaboration with the Navy to tackle the menace of crude oil theft and attacks on oil and gas facilities.
He expressed gratitude to the Navy for its efforts at securing the nation’s oil and gas facilities in the creeks.
Furthermore, He added that while the intervention of the Navy had brought some sanity to the system, there was a need to do more as crude oil theft was still a potent reality in the nation’s oil and gas industry.