President Jonathan Vows to End Crude Oil Theft

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said his administration is determined to put an end to stealing of crude oil he described as embarrassing to the government as Nigeria is the only country in the world where such theft is taking place.

The President said this while delivering his remarks at the presidential maritime security retreat with the theme “Harnessing the Potential of Nigeria’s Maritime Sector for Sustainable Economic Development” holding in Abuja.

“We will be decisive in putting an end to this malaise”, the President said.

He therefore challenged all government agencies that have the responsibility of tackling the problem to work together to ensure that theft of crude oil was eradicated in the country.

The President who noted that the maritime sector is a critical component in the economic development of the country added that government has “uncompromising obligation to safeguard territorial waters against all threats -poaching, piracy, pipeline vandalism, coastal insecurity, crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, non-payment of statutory levies and charges, illegal entry of ships into our territorial waters, illegal importation of arms and hard drugs, amongst other sundry crimes.”

According to him, government is determined to protect Nigeria’s natural resources for sustainable use of the present and future generations.
“To this end, the Maritime Operations Coordinating Committee is already working to address all illegalities in the maritime domain”, Jonathan who added that the Committee is made up of all maritime agencies, and Transport, Finance and Justice Ministries said.

“Also, a sustainable patrol arrangement to enhance collection of revenue and ensure maritime safety has also been approved. We are encouraging an integrated port security system in all the ports for maximum result” he added.

The President therefore appealed to all the stakeholders participating at the retreat to come up with a strong intelligence and information gathering system, and other measures that can be useful in tackling the problem of theft of crude oil.


  1. Akinpelu Tai

    Nawa 4 9ija presido 2 declare say him go arrest him broda we den dey thief our crude oil . Na yeeye man dnt mind him .

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  3. omide

    Uncle joe ebele firstly deal with the deceit and pilferation running through your nerves before engaging with the minutial thieve.


    FOOLS want to deceived NIGERIANS,

    we are not part of the PDP idiots,

    chop chop party of nigeria, i dont know which administration is the most SATANIC and FRAUDLENT between MR JONATHAN and MR BIG NOSE OBASANJO

    they are deceiving their the famulies thinking that they are deceiving nigerian, dont by the tuime the REAL REVOLUTION FRONT fully start in these country, it will be worst than what is happening in the asian nations, just wait for them to finish their recruiting and trainin

  5. matimo

    First implement the farouck lawan report on subsidy. 1.7trillion naira stolen. I am not supprised cos the money was used to fund the most expensive election ever

  6. Surry mustapha olly

    Theft they call theft . Theft we all knew bigger theft in nigeria

  7. Kabir

    We are they deceiving,biasness is in their blood.

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