BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT—Security operatives have been urged to step up their operations on the waterways in the Niger Delta, so as to achieve results in the crusade against oil theft.
Speaking, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State under the aegis of National Coalition on Gas Flaring and Oil Spills in the Niger Delta, NACGOND, Mrs. Tracy Adole wondered why there was rise in oil theft in the region despite government’s huge investment in security to police the waterways.
Former National Coordinator of NACGOND, Mr Inemo Samiame, who also spoke, said there were six exit points on the waterways for oil thieves to ferry illegal crude out of the Niger Delta, adding that security operatives should have been able to tackle the problem from the exit points.
He urged government to deal decisively with any high profile Nigerian caught in the act of oil theft, as it would serve as a deterrent.
According to him, 80 percent of crude stolen from the region was pushed into the international market, adding that only about 20 percent of the crude is consumed locally.