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NNPC Rallies Judiciary’s Support Against Crude Oil Theft, Vandalism

NNPC Rallies Judiciary’s Support Against Crude Oil Theft, Vandalism

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Summary : Seeks special court to try oil thieves, vandals, accelerated hearing The group chief executive officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has called for the support of the judiciary in tackling the twin challenges of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism. Kyari made the call at the National Judges Capacity Building Workshop on the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021 organised by the National Judicial Institute (NJI) and INVESTIN 234, on Thursday in Abuja. He also called on the judiciary to consider the creation of a special court to try offences related to crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism or granting accelerated hearings to such cases. In a goodwill message he delivered at the workshop, the NNPCL GCEO stated that the gains of the PIA have been severely undermined by crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism. According to him, the role of the judiciary was critical to the success of the efforts of the various security arrangements put in place by NNPCL, the law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders in the industry. “In particular, is the recommendation that a special court be created to try those offences as they hinge on our survival as a country, and/or for such trials to be conducted under an accelerated hearing process by the issuance of Practice Directions to that effect, with concomitant sanctions to deter would-be offenders,” Kyari stated, according to a statement signed by NNPCL spokesman, Olufemi Soneye. The GCEO also called on the judiciary to accelerate hearing to criminal cases in their courts, through timely determination of the criminal charges and imposing adequate punishments and sanctions on culprits to serve as deterrence to others. He said NNPCL remained committed to collaborating with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of the PIA, adding that “together, we can ensure that the benefits of our natural resources are maximised for the economic and social development of our country.” Kyari also commended the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, and the organisers of the workshop for extending invitation to him and the opportunity to deliver a goodwill message at the workshop. (LEADERSHIP)

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Summary : Seeks special court to try oil thieves, vandals, accelerated hearing The group chief executive officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has called for the support of the judiciary in tackling the twin challenges of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism. Kyari made the call at the National Judges Capacity Building Workshop on the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021 organised by the National Judicial Institute (NJI) and INVESTIN 234, on Thursday in Abuja. He also called on the judiciary to consider the creation of a special court to try offences related to crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism or granting accelerated hearings to such cases. In a goodwill message he delivered at the workshop, the NNPCL GCEO stated that the gains of the PIA have been severely undermined by crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism. According to him, the role of the judiciary was critical to the success of the efforts of the various security arrangements put in place by NNPCL, the law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders in the industry. “In particular, is the recommendation that a special court be created to try those offences as they hinge on our survival as a country, and/or for such trials to be conducted under an accelerated hearing process by the issuance of Practice Directions to that effect, with concomitant sanctions to deter would-be offenders,” Kyari stated, according to a statement signed by NNPCL spokesman, Olufemi Soneye. The GCEO also called on the judiciary to accelerate hearing to criminal cases in their courts, through timely determination of the criminal charges and imposing adequate punishments and sanctions on culprits to serve as deterrence to others. He said NNPCL remained committed to collaborating with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of the PIA, adding that “together, we can ensure that the benefits of our natural resources are maximised for the economic and social development of our country.” Kyari also commended the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, and the organisers of the workshop for extending invitation to him and the opportunity to deliver a goodwill message at the workshop. (LEADERSHIP)

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