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CLO accuses military and oil companies of complicity in crimes.

‘Military, oil firms responsible for pipeline vandalism, violent crimes’

By Olusegun Julius

AGAINST the backdrop of recent bombing of oil installations and the violent crimes that pervade the oil-rich Niger Delta region, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has accused officials of oil multinational companies and the military personnel in the region of complicity in the rising cases of criminalities, especially pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft.

The CLO said though the security outfits, which include the Navy, Army, Air Force and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) had claimed to have deployed gunboats and opened up check-points along the creeks and waterways of the region, cases of kidnapping, sea piracy, oil pipeline vandalism and others criminalities have persisted.

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