Fighting Nigerian crime
Despite assurances, pirates and oil theft still major issues.
Sustained Fight against Maritime Crimes
Chiemelie Ezeobi writes that the naval show of force from, Operations Awatse to Jagunlabi and the most recently Exercise River Sweep, is aimed at reinforcing the navy’s zero tolerance for criminality
It is no secret that the industrial scale at which Nigeria keeps losing its scarce oil resources to crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism is alarming. According to a past Chatham House report, an estimate of about 100,000 barrels per day, valued at N1.18 billion are stolen daily, which when translated amounts to N433.62 billion annually.
It is also pertinent to note that the statistics did not include the amount of oil suspected to have been stolen from export pipelines, cost of oil spill cleanup, loss of income to fishing communities and environmental degradation.
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