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Stolen oil: Nigeria employs DNA

09 May 2013, 11:11Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Nigeria has plans to employ DNA technology in tracing crude oil stolen from the country and siphoned to international markets.

CAJ News established that the government was investing acquiring all facilities needed for DNA technology that would trace those who buy crude oil from illegal oil bunkers operating in Nigeria.

Recently, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, said President Goodluck Jonathan was taking the matter seriously saying he had cautioned the international community to halt their appetite for stolen crude oil from Nigeria.

Impeccable sources at the corporate headquarters of NNPC in Abuja, say that the arrangement for acquisition of the DNA technology has reached the final stage.

Commenting about the DNA technology facility, a petro-chemical expert, Sunday Ibie Base, says that if implemented the DNA technology would go a long way in curtailing the activity of oil bunkers in the country.

"This is a positive move in curbing theft of the country's crude oil," Base said.

According to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Nigeria loses an estimated $6 billion annually to crude oil theft.

- CAJ News


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