Regional Securities

Akwa Ibom Group Joins Fight Against Oil Thieves, Sea Pirates

In a proactive move to address the rising challenges posed by oil thieves and sea pirates, the recently inaugurated Waterways Transport Association of Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (WTAPMN) in Akwa Ibom State has entered the forefront of combating criminal activities within Nigeria’s oil sector.

Prince Fidelis Ekanem, the secretary of the group in Akwa Ibom State, emphasized the significant economic impact of oil-related crimes, leading to substantial revenue losses for the nation. Ekanem stated that, in collaboration with various security agencies such as the Marine police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and other industry stakeholders, the armed group is set to undertake operations endorsed by the government.

Addressing the press in Uyo, the state capital, Prince Fidelis Ekanem reiterated the group’s commitment to cleansing the creeks and waterways of criminal elements. The armed security outfit, working in tandem with the Joint Task Force (JTF) team, issued a stern warning to sea criminals, signaling their readiness to employ firepower against those engaged in illicit activities along the coastal communities.

Ekanem highlighted the association’s strategic approach, including training individuals across the state to provide intelligence to security operatives, aiming to eradicate bunkering activities, oil adulteration, and pipeline vandalism.

Expressing concern over the prevalence of oil thieves in the state, despite the absence of refineries or tank farms, Ekanem conveyed the association’s determination to collaborate with Governor Umo Eno in urging the establishment of refineries, tank farms, and other essential oil industry facilities.

The group’s mandate, sanctioned by the state government, aligns with a broader objective to safeguard the nation’s economy from the adverse effects of criminal activities within the oil sector.

IMAGE: Leadership news

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