June 13, 2024
Senate Orders Probe Of Security Agencies On Allegation Of Collaborating With Oil Thieves
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Senate Orders Probe Of Security Agencies On Allegation Of Collaborating With Oil Thieves

The Senate has given its committees on Petroleum Resources six weeks to investigate allegations of some security agents collaborating with militia groups to steal crude oil.

The order came after a motion raised in the upper chamber by Delta Senator Ned Nwoko who said that oil theft has cost Nigeria a staggering revenue loss of N2.3 trillion this year.

The lawmaker alleged that some bad eggs within the security agencies conspire with unscrupulous figures within the oil industry to engage in oil theft.

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According to him, this undermines the collaborative efforts of the Joint Task Force of the Nigerian military and other various security entities in combating the menace.

Senator Nwoko further said there had been accusations and counter-accusations of oil bunkering and various other crimes between the military and local militia groups.

The Senate committees on Petroleum Resources (Upstream, Downstream and Gas), Host Communities and Niger Delta Affairs) will carry out a holistic investigation that will cover security forces, militia groups, locals, oil company employees and any individual or entity suspected of pilfering oil.

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