27 April 2014, Yenagoa – The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, code named Operation Pulo Shield, has solicited the support of trade unions in the region in the fight against crude oil theft and illegal bunkering.
Commander of the task force, Major General Emmanuel Atewe, at a meeting with leaders of the various associations, held at the JTF headquarters in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, said the fight against illegal oil bunkering and oil theft is a collective responsibility and should not be left in the hands of the security agencies alone.
”Security is everybody’s business and should not be left in the hands of security agencies alone. There should be synergy between stakeholders, community leaders and the JTF especially in the areas of giving out credible information that will aid the Task Force to carry out its mandate,” he said.
According to him, the mandate of fighting illegal oil bunkering and related offences in the region can only be effective if all hands are on deck.
”I am looking for information on the activities of these criminals and I assure you that we will not give out the source of our information. The fight against criminalities in Niger Delta can only be reliable and effective through providing timely information to us,” Atewe said.