by crossriverwatch admin
Two British citizens allegedly involved in the stealing of crude oil in the Niger Delta have been arrested and now presently being detained in Bayelsa state.
The Commander of the Joint Task Force, Operation Paulo Shied, Major General Emmanuel Atewe, who assumed office about two months ago, revealed this to the Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke when he paid the governor a courtesy call in Calabar on Friday.
General Atewe said: “Our operation is to tackle oil theft and piracy because of their adverse effects on the economy and environment. Two Britons who were involved in illegal oil business have been caught and are now detained in Bayelsa”.
Atewe added that though the level of subversion is high as a result of weak legislation, culprits should serve life imprisonment due to the level of destruction which their activities have cause the oil bearing communities, national economy as well as threat to future generations.
In his response, the governor said: “Those involved need to be prosecuted, and there is need to publicize and escalate it because of its international connections. Now that two Britons are in custody, it will help explain the capacity and technology involved because there is an international conspiracy.
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