US to help Nigeria on crude oil theft
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.
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.