Calabar - The GOC, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, Major-General Adebayor Olaniyi, said on Friday in Calabar that the army had acquired gun-boats to fight oil theft in the Niger Delta region.
Olaniyi said this while inaugurating five projects at the 13 Brigade Command, Calabar.
He said that oil was the major revenue source for the country and stressed the need to preserve it for economic growth of the country.
“Officers of the Nigerian Army are very alert on the waterways; if anybody is caught stealing the country’s oil, he or she will face the law no matter how highly placed the person may be,” he warned.
The Security Adviser to Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River, Rekpene Bassey, said that the state was working closely with the military to ensure safety of residents, investors and tourists.
“The state security department is working closely with all the security agencies in the state to ensure protection of lives and property,” he said.
“Everybody needs security; we cannot do business without security, so there is need to work with the security agencies in the state to ensure adequate security of lives and property,” he said.