Yenagoa – The Assistant Inspector-General of
Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 5, Benin, Musa
Daura, has pledged the support of the Nigeria
Police in the fight against oil theft in the Niger
Daura gave the pledge on Saturday during a
familiarisation visit to the Commander of the
Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Pulo Shield,
Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe, at the headquarters
of the task force in Yenagoa.
He said he was at the JTF headquarters to
dialogue with the JTF commander on the
activities of the group.
He commended the JTF for what he described as
“total war against illegality in the Niger Delta”.
The AIG condemned illegal oil bunkering which
according to him, is hazardous to the well being
of the people of the Niger Delta.
“Apart from the economic loss to the nation
through the act, the continuous rupturing and
breaking of the oil pipeline cause a lot of health
hazard to the people of the region.”
“It pollutes the environment which always results
to outbreak of epidemic in the region.”
He called stakeholders in the region to join hands
in the fight against oil-related crimes and create
a conducive atmosphere for oil companies to
conduct their legitimate businesses.
Atewe thanked the AIG for the visit, saying that
the gesture would boost the morale of troops
under his command.
He said the JTF had embarked on a zero
tolerance campaign toward total eradication of
illegal oil bunkering and oil theft in the Niger
“We must continue to build synergy in this fight
against economic saboteurs and enemies of our
environment and country,” he said.