In a bid to tackle oil theft and piracy, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has developed a new strategy with its launching of sea surveillance patrols in Rivers State.
The National Head, Waterways Surveillance, IPMAN, Emmanuel Olotu, while speaking at the launch of patrol boats at Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State on Tuesday said, illegal oil bunkering, illegal refining of petroleum products, piracy and other maritime criminalities would no longer be tolerated in the riverine communities.
Olotu said “let this message go forth into the nukes and cranny of riverine communities that there would be zero-tolerance for all who engage in such illegalities. We have been given the mandate from the Federal Government, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and also the National Executive Council of the Independent National Petroleum Association of Nigeria”
He added that the association was making concerted efforts in reorienting misguided youths in the riverine and hinterland communities who were involved in illegal oil bunkering and sea piracy.
IPMAN also unveiled an operational base in the state to complement other surveillance operational bases across the country.