Presidential task force requests use of NSCDC platforms to tackle sabotage in oil industry – Nexus News
The chairman of the task force, Tijjani Kyari Mohammed, made the call at a meeting with the NSCDC’s Commandant General, Dr. Ahmed Audi, in Abuja.
The chairman stated that intelligence sharing and use of the lawful assets of the NSCDC would improve the job of the task force, also called Operation White (OPW).
He said this would also enable it to deliver on its assignment and bring those damaging the economy in the Oil sector to justice.
Mohammed stated that it was essential to ensure sanity and check sharp practices in the oil and gas sector, emphasizing that the corps and the task force would, through the collaboration, thoroughly cover all states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in its mandate.
The task force chairman showed appreciation to the NSCDC’s boss for the support extended to the task force in doing its mandate since it was set up.
He bewailed the unrepentant posture of smugglers who he stated appeared bent on ruining government’s efforts.
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But he promised Nigerians that with the assistance of the NSCDC and other security agencies, the task force would bring justice to the industry as soon as possible.
Mohammed stated that the task force, which has seven border points in the nation, might also require the services of the Commandant General’s Intelligence Squad (CGIS), legal support for prosecution of suspects and intelligence sharing, amongst others.
Audi, who applauded the efforts of the task force, noted that he had followed the activities of Operation White closely and pledged further collaboration and partnership.
The NSCDC boss stated that the corps had confronted petroleum organized crimes and recorded 25 convictions since the beginning of the year with about 100 cases of vandalism still pending in courts.
He implored the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) to equip the corps with working tools and other logistics to enable it diligently fulfill its assignment.