The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Jubilee naval base in Ikot Abasi has restated its committmentto tackling the menace of illegal oil bunkering and reduce it to the barest minimum along the Nigerian waterways.
It said the Operation Dakatar Da Barawo, launched by the Nigerian Navy (NN) has achieved tremendous success across the state.
The commander of NNS Jubilee, Commodore SemiuOlubode- Fazaz, said this,recently, while fielding questions from newsmen after inaugurating a water project for Essene, one of the host communities of the naval base.
He said, “As you all know, illegal oil bunkering is an old criminality and we are the ones fighting it. If you observed just recently, to further our efforts in combating the menace of illegal bunkering, NN launched Operation Dakatar Da Barawo. So far, without being immodest, the operation had gone a long way in curbing illegal bunkering in Akwa Ibom State.
“NN has seized quite a number of crude oil by these oil thieves and we have chased them out of their hideouts where they vandalised Federal Government property to steal our oil.
“We will not be tired. We will keep on fighting illegal bunkering. We all know how this has affected our economy and, of course, the development of Nigeria. NN as a service would continue to fight this illegality in our waterways.”
He lauded the community youth for cooperating with the NN to curb illegal bunkering in the state.
The commander described the inauguration of the project as part of the cherished tradition of giving back to the host community, adding that the Navy would continue to ensure that its host communities live in peace.