Oil thieves are like insurgents, must be treated like terrorists — Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has urged the federal government to treat oil thieves as terrorists by applying stiff measures to deter others.

He said oil theft threatens the survival of the country.

Mr Gbajabiamila made the call on Tuesday while delivering his welcome remarks at the resumption of plenary.

The House had proceeded on a two-month recess in July.

Mr Gbajabiamila said the existing arrangement to prevent theft has not worked, hence, the government must consider means to curb the menace of oil theft.

He said the “972,394 bpd for August is the lowest we have recorded in the last two decades.”

He added: “The perpetrators of this brazen heist threaten our ability to serve the Nigerian people and meet the demands of governance and nation-building. Their actions constitute treason against our country, for which they must be held accountable.

“There are mechanisms in place to prevent these sorts of bad actors, and the…

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