Defence & Security

IPMAN seeks EFCC support to curb oil theft

By Paul Michael, Abuja

In a bid to curtail the menace of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has sought the intervention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A statement by the EFCC said the request was made in Port Harcourt, Rivers State by the Chairman of IPMAN, Hon Bello Binna, while paying a Courtesy Visit to the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Commander of the EFCC, ACE Nwanneka Nwokike, in his office.

Binna said that the EFCC is the only agency trusted to give solutions to issues of pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the Niger Delta region.

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“In the past, our efforts have been wasted, we were advised that the agency who has the mandate to make our job effective is the EFCC,” he said.

He stressed that the association is more comfortable with what the EFCC is doing.

According to him, “We are here to collaborate with the Agency which we are more comfortable with and we believe that with your support, our jobs will have a headway.”

In his response, Nwokike said that the EFCC is working tirelessly to put an end to the menace of illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta region,

He said, “I assure you that the EFCC has the desire to reduce, if not bring to an end, the menace of illegal oil bunkering.”

Nwokike also stressed the need to educate youths within the region on the ills of illegal oil bunkering.

According to him, “We will educate our youths on the dangers of this, which is part of our mandate, educating our youths on why they must leave these illegalities. We must all come together to see how we can tackle this menace. I want to assure you that we will work together.”

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