NNPC advocates for special courts to prosecute oil thieves, pipeline vandals

Written by on April 8, 2022

Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has stated that there is a need to set up special courts to try and prosecute crude oil thieves and pipeline vandals, in a bid to contain the crude theft situation in Nigeria’s oil industry.

Kyari disclosed this on Thursday while briefing the House of Representatives on Nigeria’s crude oil production situation.

The alarming theft of Nigeria’s crude oil has affected Nigeria’s ability to benefit in periods of high crude prices.

Briefing the legislators, Kyari said “There is the need for us to upgrade the advocacy by setting up special courts to try and prosecute crude oil thieves and pipeline vandals. The impact of their activities on our economy is huge and we can’t allow them to bring the country to its knees.”

He added that the NNPC is not helpless as it is determined to address the menace. “There is currently a coordinated action by the FG to curtail the situation. Nothing will be left out; every agency of government is involved in this. Ultimately, we will contain the situation,” he said.

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