Abuja - The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta has warned owners of vessels and tankers against allowing the use of their facilities in oil bunkering activities.
Commander of the Task Force, Major-General Emmanuel Atewe, issued the warning at the weekend adding that henceforth, vessels involved in oil bunkering-related activities, would be destroyed.
He frowned at the activities of some of the vessel and truck owners, whom he said encouraged criminal conducts by renting their facilities to oil thieves for use in stealing crude oil.
According to him, it has become necessary to take stiffer measures because vessel owners often claim that they do not know that their facilities are being used to commit crime.
“The command is committed to the protection of oil platforms against oil thieves which is in line with its mandate. Therefore we are advising that vessel owners should always verify the intentions of person or persons before hiring out their vessels to them,” he said.
The Commander also said that JTF received reports that armed militants from Ekene community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa, allegedly invaded Zion community.
“The hoodlums harassed innocent people and extorted money and consumable items from their victims before escaping. The same gang also intercepted and diverted 2 passenger boats and abducted passengers on board. Troops of the JTF are currently on the trail of the criminals,” Atewe said.
- CAJ News
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