By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa — Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, weekend, said the incessant cases of crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalism, kidnapping and other vices on the waterways and creeks of the Niger Delta, will soon be over.
According to NSCDC, the new security strategy and intelligence sharing among security agencies under the Joint Task Force code named Operation Pulo Shield, led by Major- General Emmanuel Atewe, has reduced cases of crude oil theft, kidnapping and illegal bunkering in the region.
Speaking while handing over five new patrol vans to JTF, the Deputy Command (Administration) of NSCDC, Mr. S. Bello, said the new security strategy and increased mobility of the various components of JTF were factors needed to end crude oil theft in the region.
Bello pointed out that the donation of patrol vans to JTF was to aid mobility of troops and other logistics to enhance efficiency in the fight against oil theft and kidnapping.
“We recognise the effort of the current JTF leadership and can conclude that oil theft and other illicit crimes along the Niger Delta waters and environs will soon be a thing of the past,” he said.
Earlier, Commander of JTF, Major-General Atewe, commended NSCDC for its cooperation with JTF and affirmed the readiness of the men of the special security outfit to fight to a stand still all forms of economic sabotage in the region.