The slow pace in determining cases involving oil thieves arrested by the navy has encouraged continued oil theft in the Niger Delta region, says commander, Nigerian Navy Ship, Delta State, Commodore Aliyu Sule. Sule told the News Agency of Nigeria in Warri, the capital of Delta state on Saturday. Sule mentioned that such cases are still pending in courts since they were instituted in 2005.
“It takes a longer time for justice to be done in matters of oil theft that is why the illicit business persists,” he said. “So suspects should be tried almost immediately and jailed,” he said. As a way of stopping the criminal economic sabotage, Sule suggested effective surveillance and speedy trial of oil thieves. He spoke efforts by officers under his command to stopping the it.