Nigeria: Buratai says Niger Delta now witnessing less oil theft

01 March 2017,  Abuja – The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General, says contrary to notion in some quarters, illegal bunkering, refinery and oil theft in the Niger Delta had reduced.

Fielding questions from journalists in Uyo, on Tuesday, Mr. Buratai said with the establishment of new army formations in the region, illegal activities were being checkmated.

The army chief was on tour of army formations in Akwa Ibom, including the newly established 2 Brigade in Uyo.

“Strictly speaking, there is no rise (in illegal bunkering and oil theft) because of the efforts of all the stakeholders, the military and other security agencies, working hard to make sure that the sabotage is checked.

“That is why you see so many arrests, so many moves to stop the illegal bunkering. It is a new drive, new effort put by all the security agencies.

“You know that we have a new 6 Division (of the Nigerian Army) that has been established.

“By that establishment, we have more areas which hitherto have not been touched.

“We have an experienced General Officer Commanding-GOC of the division, who has gone virtually to those areas that hitherto have been isolated,” he said.

According to Mr. Buratai, there is heightened activity to stop oil theft and other illegal activities in the region.

At the headquarters of the 2 brigade and 6 Battalion at Wellington Barracks, Ibagwa in Abak Local Government Area of the state, he called on officers and men to be loyal, patriotic and diligent in their duties.

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