Following the allegation leveled against Nigeria military over oil theft in the country by an erstwhile Ijaw leader and Niger Delta agitator, Asari Dokubo, on Friday, in Abuja, the Nigeria Military has released counterclaims to negate Asari’s revelations.
Recall that Asari accused the military of being responsible for 99 per cent of oil theft incidents recorded in the oil-rich region, saying it was traceable to the Nigerian Army and Navy.
He said “The military is at the centre of oil theft, and we have to make this very clear to the Nigerian public that 99 per cent of oil theft can be traced to the Nigerian military, the Army and the Navy especially,” Dokubo told State House correspondents after he met President Bola Tinubu behind closed doors at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
However, he pledged his support to the Federal Government to bring the menace to “zero,” believing that the Tinubu-led administration would “fish out” the guilty elements in the military.
In April 2023, the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative revealed that the country lost 619.7 million barrels of crude oil valued at N16.25tn to crude oil theft between 2009 and 2020.
The data gathered from the agency’s latest policy brief titled, “The cost of fuel subsidy: A case for policy review,” also stated that the country spent over N13tn ($74bn) on fuel subsidies between 2005 and 2021.
According to Dokunbo, he met president Tinubu to discuss oil theft and security in the country.
He added “I also want to say that oil theft is encouraged by the military. The Army and the Navy intimidate the (Nigeria Security and) Civil Defence (Corps) who are by status the people who are supposed to guard these pipelines. They receive a lot of money from NNPCL and the IOCs and just across the corner, you will see a houseboat.