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Navy to probe oil theft allegations, dismiss erring personnel – CNS

The Nigerian Navy said it would investigate rather than gloss over allegations of military involvement in oil theft, saying any personnel found culpable would be dismissed and prosecuted.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, said this while fielding questions from newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday evening after a two-day tour of Naval formations and facilities in Rivers State.

Some of the places he visited were the Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, Bonny Island, Nigerian Navy Hydrographic School, Borikiri, Nigerian Naval Shipyard, Port Harcourt, Nigerian Navy Medical Centre, Borikiri, Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Onne, Nigerian Naval College, Onne, the Nigerian Navy Ship, Pathfinder, Rumuelumeni, among others.

Ogalla pledged that the Navy will scale up waterways surveillance, especially in the creeks, and strike criminal elements to end the menace of illegal crude oil refining and illicit bunkering.

While noting that the Navy has recorded huge success in scuttling illegal oil bunkering activities across the maritime environment in the Niger Delta and beyond, he said the security agency would not rest on its laurels.

He however said most of the allegations against the military with respect to oil theft were false and unfounded.

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