Vanguard (Lagos)

8 February 2013

Nigeria: JTF Probes Alleged Involvement of Soldiers in Oil Theft

Yenagoa — Authorities of Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta, code named Operation Pulo Shield, have ordered the setting up of a panel of inquiry into the alleged involvement of some soldiers in the theft of petroleum products at Ososike area, Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The panel of inquiry, ordered by Commander of JTF, Major-General Bata Debiro, is expected to be headed by the Commander of Sector 2 and will determine if the accused soldiers, attached to 29 Battalion, were culpable in the alleged theft of petroleum products.

Head of JTF Media Coordinating Centre, Lt.-Col. Oyeama Nwachukwu, argued that though the accused soldiers were on official duties and deployed in the area by their Commanding Officer, Col. Peter Mala, the claims that they were involved in the theft of petroleum products in the area were unconfirmed.

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