The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has announced its intention to procure two aircraft to combat crude oil theft within the country,leadership reports.

AVM Abdul Ganiyu, the Director of Operations for the Nigerian Air Force, made this disclosure during a briefing for the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee, which is currently investigating oil theft and revenue loss on the federal government’s part.

AVM Ganiyu informed the lawmakers that the training of pilots for operating the aircraft currently available and those anticipated to arrive soon was underway. He anticipated their readiness for deployment by the end of the current month.

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He urged relevant agencies equipped with the necessary technology to promptly identify and report illegal bunkering sites to the NAF. He assured that precise measures would be taken from NAF bases to eliminate these sites and their illicit activities.

In their presentation, the Nigeria Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) assured the NAF of providing timely information regarding identified illegal bunkering sites using their highly sensitive monitoring equipment.

Additionally, the Nigeria Middle and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Agency (NMDPRA) attributed a significant portion of oil and revenue losses to measurement inadequacies at the production and fuel dispensing stages for end users.


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