Lagos - The Navy said inadequate logistics and platform remained its greatest challenge in fighting the menace of oil theft in the Niger Delta.
“As we speak, where we lack capacity is the area of platforms in the right creeks to enable us effectively discharge our functions. When I say platforms in the right creeks, I mean, capital ships, helicopters, visual patrol crafts and of course value added to our organic surveillance capabilities, this are the things that we need. We have enough human resources to drive these processes,” said Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba, during the tour of naval formations under the Central Naval Command.
The Navy Chief said his officers had continued to record significant success in the arrest of oil thieves despite the shortfalls.
He added that the Navy had quality and adequate manpower to bring criminal act of sabotage against the nation to a halt but operational constraints impede their commitments to effectively carry out surveillance duty on the waterways.
Meanwhile the Navy boss said oil theft suspects arrested by his officers would soon be handed over to the appropriate security agency for prosecution.
He said investigations had been concluded on the cases and that the files on suspects would be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecution.
– CAJ News