27 March 2013, Yenagoa – The Nigerian Navy has urged its officers and men to avoid involvement in crude oil theft in the Niger Delta. Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, warned the personnel, Tuesday, that anyone caught in the act would be severely dealt with.
Addressing men and officers of the Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, as part of his annual inspection tour of naval commands in the country, Vice Admiral Ezeoba accused some personnel of complicity in crude oil theft and illegal bunkering activities in the past.
According to the Chief of Naval Staff, any one caught in the act would not go free.
“I like to reiterate the issue of complicity, which we had observed in the past. I hope that we do not as a matter of priority allow that to continue.
“We have a mandate and we must be defined by the core tenet of character, sincerity of purpose, total commitment and dedication to duty for which you have attested during your commissioning as officers.
“These are the guiding principles that define our attitude and character. The core attributes of honour, integrity and duty must be seen as building block for naval operation to move forward,” he said.