The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC says it will collaborate with the Nigeria Police to combat the perennial menace of oil theft and pipeline vandalism across the country.
ln a statement, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said that the decision to reinvigorate the push against oil pipeline marauders was reached at the meeting between the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru and the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed Adamu at the NNPC Towers, Abuja the capital of Nigeria.
He also stated that the renewed cooperation would consolidate the prevailing cordial relations between both entities in tackling the menace which has manifested in losses of millions of litres of petroleum products.
Receiving the Police boss at the NNPC Towers, Dr. Baru congratulated the Acting IGP on his appointment, noting that it was gratifying for him to have chosen the NNPC Towers as destination of his first courtesy visit since assumption of office.
Dr. Baru seized the opportunity to commend IGP Adamu for the police's quick response to the recent case of suspected collusion between some policemen and oil pipeline vandals in the Arepo axis, saying it was indicative of the determined commitment of the Police leadership to end the ugly menace.
Responding, IGP Adamu said that as the Nigerian economy depends on the oil sector, it is natural for the police to have keen interest in the security and protection of NNPC's vital oil pipelines and sundry facilities across Nigeria.
He pledged the commitment of the police under his watch to seek fresh areas and strategies to strengthen the existing security cooperation between the NNPC and the Police.
Source: Voice of Nigeria