PENGASSAN says state police would better help to check crude oil theft
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, on Friday stated the need for creation of state police to check crude oil theft in the Niger Delta.
The Chairman, Lagos Chapter of PENGASSAN, Folorunsho Oginni, made the call in an interview in Lagos.
He said that the creation of state police would assist the other security agencies to check the menace of crude oil theft.
“State police will be familiar with their terrain and therefore be in a position to direct the other security agencies to the right places. State police can be of great help in the fight against the menace; there is no crime without people aiding them. Some people, somewhere, are giving the pirates a helping hand and it is my view that if the state police were in place, it would curb the menace,” he said
Mr. Oginni urged the Federal Government to allow the establishment of state police to help in curbing oil theft and pipeline vandalism.
The PENGASSAN chairman said that the advantages of state police would be enormous.
“We should not only think that state government would hijack the state police, but there would be greater advantages if it is created,” he said.
He urged the Federal Government to always make funds available for the security agencies to ensure effective crime fighting in the society. Mr. Oginni said that this would enable the security agents to secure the country’s oil facilities.
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