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Soldiers to take over pipeline protection from ex-militants

09 September 2015, 12:03

Abuja - The Nigerian Army is set to take over the guarding of oil pipelines, previously guarded by ex-militants across the country, Punch reports.

The Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday.

He said that that the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, met with the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, on how to work out modalities to get the military to protect the strategic national assets.

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He said that the NNPC was also engaging the services of the Navy and the Air Force in collaborative efforts to secure the nation’s pipelines and to prevent the theft of the country’s oil.

Abubakar said that Kachikwu solicited for the support of the CDS in the fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other maritime crime.

Read more at Punch

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