By Musbau Rasak
Lagos State leads other states in crude oil crimes throughout Nigeria for the month of August.
According to a Crude Oil Policy Brief published by CLEEN Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, the state leads in crude oil crimes garnering over 20 percent of the total of crude oil crimes reported for the month of August.
The report analysed cases of crude oil crimes reported in 13 states of the federation. In fact, while reported cases dropped in some states compared to what was reported in July, there were increase reported cases in Lagos in August compared to the month of July.
Also in the report, oil theft measured the highest in frequency of crude oil crimes for the month under review. According to the report, there were 12 reported cases of oil theft in the crude oil crimes compared to seven in July out of the total of 35 crude oil crimes reported in August.
Also in the same month, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) was the most responsive security agency to reported cases of crude oil crimes. The agency responded to ten reported cases of crude oil crimes compared to six the agency responded to in July.
The Crude Oil Policy Brief reflects on reports on pipeline vandalisation, sabotage, crude oil theft and similar crude oil crimes throughout Nigeria with emphasis on Niger Delta with a view to making recommendations and profer solutions to the problems plaguing the oil industry in the country.