ABUJA, Nigeria – The Nigerian Army has countered the allegations made by ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Asari Dokubo, that certain military cabals are involved in oil theft in the region.
Dokubo raised these accusations during his visit to President Bola Tinubu in Abuja on Friday, June 16, 2023.
Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja, insisted that the Nigerian Army has been actively involved in battling against illegal oil bunkering, oil theft, and illegal oil refining with tangible results.
Nwachukwu highlighted the rise in daily oil production from previously low outputs as proof of the Army’s successful intervention in the region.
He emphasized the Nigerian Army’s zero-tolerance policy for any form of compromise by its personnel, pledging that any military personnel found guilty of such economic sabotage will face strict disciplinary action.
“The Nigerian Army has been vigorously engaged in the fight against illegal oil bunkering, oil theft, illegal oil refining and other sundry crimes in the Niger Delta. This has yielded positive results as evident in the increase in daily oil production per barrel from an abysmally dwindling output in the past,” Nwachukwu said.
“The Nigerian Army has zero tolerance for any compromise on the part of our troops and will not condone such acts of economic sabotage. No black sheep will be spared if identified,” he concluded.