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Task force to rein in oil thieves

19 July 2013, 16:42

Lagos -  The federal government will on Monday announce members of a new task force it has established to address the problem of oil theft.

Senior government officials said the setting up of the task force will pave way for the prosecution of suspects, who are currently getting off lightly amid concerns legal instruments were ineffective.

“The task force is to be in force for one year with effect from July, 2013.

The members of the task force are to be announced by the Annual General Forum on Monday July 22, 2013," Emmanuel Uduaghan who chairs the National Economic Council to address the problem of oil theft in the country, said.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bello Adoke, chairs a legal task force that will effect sentences.

“A legal task force, headed by the AGF to be set up immediately to commence prosecution of proven cases, using relevant laws; particularly the Miscellaneous Offences Act, which carries a sentence of 21 years without option of fine," said Uduaghan.

“Prosecution of established cases will continue and all convictions given wide publicity.”

The legal task force is to be made up of representatives from government, the Armed Forces, Civil Defence, Police and executives from the industry among other stakeholders.

The establishment of the task force comes amid oil theft spiralling out of control in the continent's biggest crude oil producer.

It is reported committee has moved to address the issue of the country loses 400 000 barrels per day to theft and vandalism.

- CAJ News


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