Nigerian Air Force Joins on War Crude Oil Theft
The Nigerian Air Force is to join the war on crude theft by providing aerial surveillance support to the Nigerian Maritime Administrative and Safety Agency (NIMASA). The two organisations recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to that effect.
Speaking at the signing event, the Director General of NIMASA, Mr Patrick Akpobolokemi explained that the collaboration would cover, but would not be limited to piracy, smuggling, illegal bunkering and fisheries. The MOU will operate in a similar way to the one that NIMASA has with the Navy.
“Nigeria Air Force has always been supportive of our efforts to deliver on our mandate especially in curbing the activity of pirates in our waters,” he said.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice-Marshall Alex Badeh said of the collaboration: “We have the capacity to go into the sea and carry out aerial surveillance. We will work in collaboration with the Navy.”