CDS moves to address oil theft, illegal refineries others in Niger delta

In continuation of his consultation with key stake holders in the country, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa, has pledged to work with relevant stakeholders to address the issues of oil theft, pipeline vandalisation, illegal refineries and other economic sabotage perpetuated by criminal elements.

General Musa stated this Thursday, when he paid a courtesy calls on the Minister of Petroleum, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and the Minister of Justice, Mr Lateef Fagbemi SAN respectively.
A statement by Acting Director, Defence Information Brigadier General Tukur Gusau disclosed that the CDS was on the visit to seek further ties with the ministries as critical stakeholders in Nigeria.

Speaking when he visited the petroleum Ministry, General Musa said, “our national assets must be well protected, if that is done, the oil production will rise and economy will improve. “
Further more, Gen. Musa said the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) will support the ministry to ensure Nigeria maximises the profit from its natural resources.

He assured the minister that Defence Headquarters ( DHQ) will provide maximum security to oil facilities in the country.

Senator Lokpobiri in his remarks thanked the CDS for coming, while offering to collaborate more with DHQ to reduce economic sabotage as it affects our nation’s economy.

He pledged to give the DHQ all necessary support to protect all critical oil facilities to improve oil production.

At the Ministry of justice, the CDS appreciated the laudable achievements of the Attorney General and minisiter of Justice.

He called for more assistance from the ministry in areas of protection of human rights of troops while performing their duties.

The minister thanked the CDS, while pledging to provide all necessary legal support to the AFN in the discharge of its constitutional roles.