Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, yesterday, warned the officers and men of the Nigerian Navy against complicity in crude oil theft in the Niger Delta, saying anyone caught will have himself to blame.
Vice Admiral Ezeoba gave the warning in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, while addressing men and officers of the Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy as part of his annual inspection tour of naval commands in the country.
He accused some personnel of complicity in crude oil theft and illegal bunkering activities in the past. He warned that any one caught in the act would not go free.
Ezeoba said: “I like to reiterate the issue of complicity, which we had observed in the past. I hope that we do not as a matter of priority allow that to continue.
“We have a mandate and we must be defined by the core tenet of character, sincerity of purpose, total commitment and dedication to duty for which you have attested during your commissioning as officers.
“These are the guiding principles that define our attitude and character. The core attributes of honour, integrity and duty must be seen as building block for naval operation to move forward.”
He cited the Brass-Akassa corridor of the nation’s maritime domain as one of the notorious zones for vandalism and crude oil theft in the region.