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EFCC, Navy partner against oil theft, piracy


Port Harcourt -- Oil theft, illegal oil bunkering, sea piracy and other criminalit­y in the maritime sector can only be tackled through multi-agency approaches, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said.

To this end, the anti-graft agency says collaborat­ion between it and the Nigerian Navy remained the most important means of tackling the menace of illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta region.

Port Harcourt zonal head of EFCC, Aliyu Naibi, said this in Port Harcourt while delivering a lecture to students and staff of Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, who came on a study tour of the agency.

Naibi, who spoke on "Optimissin­g Multi-Agency Collaborat­ion Towards Enhancing Nigerian Navy Maritime Security Operations", said the collaborat­ion between EFCC and the Navy has yielded several conviction­s.

He anounced that many cases of illegal oil bunkering were currently at various stages of prosecutio­n in different law courts.

"I want to assure the naval authoritie­s and visiting students that the EFCC would continue to respect and reinforce mutual cooperatio­n with all security agencies in the maritime domain for our mutual benefits," he said.

Responding, the commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Air Vice Marshall Ebenezer

Olayinka Alade, commended the synergy between the EFCC and Navy in the fight against illegal oil bunkering.

Alade, however, expressed worries over the plea bargain arrangemen­ts for suspects of illegal oil bunkering.

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