US to help Nigeria on crude oil theft

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

The United States Am­bas­sador to Nigeria yes­ter­day said his coun­try was will­ing to help Nigeria tackle crude oil theft.

Mr James En­twistle said this at the open­ing of this year’s edi­tion of a multi-na­tional mil­i­tary ex­er­cise in La­gos, co­de­named Obangame Ex­press 2014.

He said a re­port has been pre­pared on a re­quest made by Nigeria on end­ing crude oil theft.

“As many of you are aware, last Septem­ber, when Pres­i­dent Jonathan and Pres­i­dent Obama met in New York, we were asked to help your govern­ment in the strug­gle against oil bunker­ing. We sent out an in­ter-agency del­e­ga­tion and have de­liv­ered a re­port to your govern­ment,” he added.

The am­bas­sador said: “US re­mains ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to col­lab­o­rat­ing with and sup­port­ing Nigeria in its on­go­ing ef­forts to in­crease mar­itime safety and se­cu­rity in the re­gion.”

Ear­lier, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Ad­mi­ral Us­man Jib­rin told jour­nal­ists that the Navy is equipped to com­bat crude oil theft, adding that the ob­jec­tive of the ex­er­cise was to im­prove mar­itime in­ter­dic­tion ca­pa­bil­ity and power pro­jec­tion.

Ad­mi­ral Jib­rin was rep­re­sented by Rear Ad­mi­ral Ameen Ikioda.

PHOTO Omirin Olatunji

Chair­man, Maiduguri Mon­day Mar­ket Traders, Malam Kashim Ab­dul­lahi, pre­sent­ing re­lief ma­te­ri­als through Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima of Borno State (left) to vic­tims of in­sur­gency in Maiduguri yes­ter­day.

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