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Niger Delta youths laud JTF’s strategies in combating oil theft

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An oil field in the Niger Delta Photo: Getty Image<br />

Youths in the Niger Delta have commended the Joint Task Force (JTF) for the strategies deployed in fighting oil theft in the region.

The youths, under the auspices of Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress (NDYCPP), said the strategies saved the nation economic losses that would have run into billions on naira.

NDYCPP president and Special Assistant to the Bayelsa State Governor on Niger Delta Youth Matters, Kennedy Tonjo-West, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa yesterday.

Tonjo-West spoke on the sidelines of the handing over ceremony of the leadership of the taskforce.

He said the effective leadership of Rear Admiral Suleiman Apochi, the outgoing JTF field commander, curbed oil theft and vandalism of oil infrastructure in the past three years.

“Clearly the operations of the joint military taskforce have drastically brought about relative peace and safety on the waterways and other travel routes in the Niger Delta.

“This improved security is boosting business investments and other daily socio-economic activities.”


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