The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd, Mallam Mele Kyari has said the government has stepped up efforts to tackling the scourge of crude oil thefts.
The NNPC Boss, who spoke on Channels Television programme monitored by OSBC News said thieves succeeded in stealing the nation’s crude oil due to collaboration with government and security officials.
Noting that collaboration within the system has aided crude oil theft for a while, the NNPC boss said the extent of such collaboration is unknown to the authorities.
“When you introduce technology into stealing and this is precisely what they did and when there is a collaboration of people who should not be part of that transactions, you can lay pipelines and no one will see it,” he said.
“You can do it in the night if you have the abilities and ultimately, this is what we think happened. You can lay pipelines for the wrong reasons to abandon or active assets. You will see end-to-end collaboration either by people who are around those assets, people operating the assets or people supposed to provide security.
One of the measures, he explained, is that the authorities backed by other stakeholders now have full surveillance of the nation’s oil infrastructure and are facing this challenge squarely.
Kyari stated that the Federal Government has deployed helicopters for 24-hour surveillance to monitor and protect pipelines.