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Oil theft in the South-South, JTF denies involvement

The Joint Task Force (JTF) has dissociated itself from any form of involvement in illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta, along the coast of the south-south. JTF while reacting to media report which claimed that  civilians, foreigners and top military brass were behind the increase in the oil theft in the region condemned it, saying that none of its members were involved in oil bunkering.

Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the media coordinator in a statement, JTF said, “ in asmuch as we may not be privy to the source of this claim, our concern is that this insinuation is grossly erroneous.”

We have been accused of complicity by this set of criminals and yet, we recently arrested an oil thief whose two vessels were laden with 600,000 metric tonnes of crude oil, even when he attempted to bribe a senior officer of the JTF with $30,000 dollars, which the officer rejected and immediately ordered his arrest.”

Also included in the statement was the 86 suspects which have so far been arrested and handed over to appropriate prosecuting authorities in the third quarter of the year. 927 illegal refineries have been destroyed, 21, vessels,86 barges, 293 Cotonou boats and surface tanks with total capacity of 17,515,320 liters of product have been destroyed

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