NUPRC seeks collaboration with the Police to combat oil theft

*Gbenga Komolafe, Chief Executive Officer, CEO NUPRC

Oritsegbubemi Omatseyin

Lagos — In a bid to arrest the daunting challenge of oil theft in Nigeria’s petroleum sector, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, Engr Gbenga Komolafe has sought an enhanced collaboration with the Nigerian Police in its efforts towards curbing the illicit activities that have plagued the nation’s Oil and Gas industry.

Engr Komolafe emphasised the urgent need for a united front against the escalating challenges posed by menace when he visited the Inspector General of the Nigerian Police Force, Kayode Egbetokun in his office at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

Painting a horrid picture of the menace and the detrimental effect it has on the country’s economy, the NUPRC boss underscored the importance of joint efforts to safeguard Nigeria’s commonwealth.

After briefing the Inspector General on the efforts made so far by the Commission, in collaboration with other security agencies and relevant agencies of government, Komolafe pointed out that arresting the menace requires a joint approach and strategic coordination which is why he is seeking partnership with the Nigerian Police to leverage its expertise in law enforcement, particularly in apprehending and prosecuting perpetrators.

Responding to the request, the Inspector General acknowledged the severe impact of oil theft on both the financial landscape and the reputation of the country and agreed on the need for urgent action to deal with the situation for the sake of the growth and stability of the country’s economy.

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