The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas has warned that security operatives conniving with miscreants to engage in illegal oil bunkering and crude oil theft will face sanctions.

Ibas said this at the decoration of newly promoted 18 rear admirals in Abuja on Wednesday, December 9.

He added that senior officers are expected to be above board and ensure that their subordinates equally buy into the “zero-tolerance stance of the NN against all forms of illegalities and criminalities at sea and ashore.”

The CNS said;

“The Navy in collaboration with other security agencies have continuously striven to protect the economic mainstay of the country through various operations to counter illegal oil bunkering and crude oil theft.

“While there are significant achievements in the fight against these maritime crimes, there are a pocket of personnel colluding with criminals to sabotage these efforts.

“Let me, therefore, warn that any act of collusion with criminals or sabotage of measures employed to checkmate illegalities will be met with stiff sanctions in accordance with the law of the land.”