Chima Williams, Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), condemned the burning and destruction of vessels carrying stolen crude oil, calling it a dangerous and environmentally unfriendly method of combating oil theft in the country.
Concerns have been raised concerning the military’s ongoing burning of vessels found with stolen oil on the nation’s waters, with stakeholders claiming that the measures are intended to obliterate proof of the crimes.
This follows the continual destruction of vessels involved in crude oil theft by security personnel.
Captain Tajudeen Alao, President of the Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM), stated that the burning of vessels discovered with stolen oil by the military is a new trend that must be addressed head on.
He stated that while the country is heavily in debt, the burned vessels can be repurposed for other purposes such as improving the work of seafarers in the country.
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