There are efforts to tackle oil theft in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
The Chief of Naval Staff,(CNS) Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla said the Navy is taking the war against oil theft, and economic sabotage in the maritime domain to the criminals.
Ogalla spoke while on a familiarisation tour to Naval facilities in Rivers State.
He said the Navy will improve its surveillance capabilities and will beam its searchlight more on the creeks and riverine areas where the illegal oil bunkering activities take place more while emphasizing that the move will enable the Navy to strike the criminals even before they go into the act.
Vice Admiral Ogalla reacted to the allegations of involvement of his personnel with oil theft. The CNS noted that such claims are unfounded, adding that several investigations carried out showed that most of the allegations are not true.
Among the areas the Chief of Naval Staff visited were; Onshore facilities at the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT), Onne; Naval Training College, Onne; Foward Operating Base(FOB), Bonny; Nigerian Basic Training School, Onne, Naval Medical Centre, Nigerian Navy Hydrographic School and the Naval Shipyard Limited, Borikiri, Port Harcourt.