Group com­mends JTF over ar­rest of oil thieves

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - By Chidimma C. Okeke

The Chair­man of the Na­tional Oil Spill De­tec­tion and Re­sponse Agency (NOSDRA), Ma­jor Lancelot Anyanya (rtd), has com­mended the Com­man­der of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Oper­a­tion Pulo Shield, Ma­jor-Gen­eral Em­manuel Atewe, over the lat­est ar­rest of oil thieves, in­clud­ing two Bri­tons.

The JTF Com­man­der pa­raded the oil thieves in Ye­nagoa who were said to have of­fered a N20 mil­lion bribe to se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives to al­low them to siphon oil from Shell pipe­line at Chanomi in Delta State be­fore their ar­rest.

Lancelot said that the suc­cess of the JTF in rid­ding the Niger Delta of oil theft and il­le­gal bunker­ing was im­por­tant if NOSDRA must deliver on the task of sani­tis­ing and sav­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, say­ing there was a re­la­tion­ship be­tween the ac­tiv­i­ties of oil thieves and oil spillage.

He said: “Our worry at NOSDRA is about oil spill and a ma­jor source of that prob­lem is that of oil thieves be­cause more of­ten than not, these sabo­teurs do not have the ex­per­tise to deal with the in­fra­struc­ture that they at­tack in the at­tempt to feed their greed and thereby dam­ag­ing our ecol­ogy through oil spills.

“This dam­age to the ecol­ogy is one no one is im­mune from be­cause of the health im­pli­ca­tions in var­i­ous forms. It is an eco­nomic ter­ror­ism and a crime that must be won,” a state­ment by the agency quoted him to have said.

He called on stake­hold­ers in the re­gion to em­brace a new regime of en­gage­ment be­ing can­vassed by NOSDRA which places pre­mium on pa­tri­o­tism and con­sci­en­tious ap­proach to fight against oil theft which is a ma­jor threat to na­tional sur­vival, adding that ev­ery stake­holder should now brace up to the chal­lenge and give peace a chance.

“We com­mend the Oper­a­tion Pulo Shield Com­mand as an in­sti­tu­tion for the ex­cel­lent work the JTF has done over the years, which in the process, is bring­ing san­ity to this part of our coun­try. The JTF has been a crit­i­cal en­abler of our na­tional econ­omy, our na­tional se­cu­rity and our na­tional sta­bil­ity,” he said.

PHOTO: CHIDIMMA C. OKEKE

Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment Lau­ren­tia Mal­lam (third left) lis­ten­ing to an of­fi­cial at the Na­tional Parks Abuja, dur­ing her fa­mil­iar­iza­tion visit on Mon­day.

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