Yenagoa - The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), a socio-cultural organisation in the Niger Delta, has urged the Chief of Naval Staff to arrest unsustainable levels of oil theft in the region.
The IYC gave the task in a statement signed by its spokesman, Eric Omare, and made available in Yenagoa on Sunday.
The statement said the threat issued by Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jubrin, to chief executives of oil companies on the menace of oil theft was mere rhetorics.
Jubrin had threatened that he would soon punish officers and name multinational companies who are complicit in the oil theft.
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However, the council urged the Naval Chief to take drastic measures to curtail the menace of oil theft which had assumed alarming proportions.
The IYC regretted that the pollution associated with oil theft had polluted the flora and fauna of the Niger-Delta, which the predominantly fishing and farming people depend on resulting to diminished catch for fishermen and low yield to farmers.
It explained that the pollution by oil theft was worsened by the crude methods deployed by security agencies which usually spill the oil into the environment in the process of destroying materials used for oil theft.
The group suggested that the surveillance scheme should use the template of the amnesty programme with the involvement of critical stakeholders in the Niger-Delta.