Oil theft: Gen. Irabor defends destruction of vessel

Says no need for investigation

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, said there was nothing sinister about the swift destruction of an oil bunkering vessel by security operatives.

Irabor stated this on Friday, after a National Security Council meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Villa, in Abuja. He made the comments in response to the controversy that ensued after security agents quickly destroyed a vessel used for crude oil theft off the Niger Delta creeks. 

Recall that the House of Representatives subsequently said it would investigate the circumstances surrounding the destruction of the oil bunkering vessel. However, Irabor said the vessel was caught in the act, and that security agents subsequently set the “instrument of operation” ablaze, noting that no investigation is needed to carry out the action.

The CDS said, “On the burning of the vessel, it is because the thief was caught in the act, and the procedure if one is caught in the act is that everything you are using to undertake that criminal activity should be destroyed, and that was what was done.

“What investigation do you need, when you find somebody who decided to deplore several pumping machines and has several hoses that are deployed to a dug out pit where crude oil is stored over a period? So, the instrument of operation was what was destroyed. I think it is straightforward. Whether that is the best is a different matter entirely; but did they act in line with the rules of engagement? Yes, they did”.

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