The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has pledged to improve its collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in fighting oil theft and other petroleum related economic crimes in the Niger Delta.
DPR Zonal Operations Controller in Port Harcourt, Mr. Bassey Nkanga, who gave the assurance on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 when he received a team from the EFCC zonal office in Port Harcourt, led by the new Head, Mr Usman Imam, disclosed that the DPR gives EFCC priority in the analysis of product samples, “because we recognize the importance and urgency to release quality status in aid of your investigations.”
Observing some recent challenges in the relationship between the two agencies, the Zonal Operations Controller assured that the challenges would not affect the tempo of collaboration.
He said, “We believe that the relationship between the EFCC and DPR will continue to be strong because we recognize that what you do is in the best interest of Nigeria and nothing will stop us from collaborating with EFCC. We will double the efforts.”
Responding, the EFCC Zonal Head, Imam, thanked the DPR management for receiving his team despite the short notice.
He said, “My mission here is to get acquainted with you and explore how we can continue to strengthen the collaboration between our agencies. I need not overemphasize the fact that we have, and continue to benefit from the resources of the DPR.
“Your technical input in the areas of petroleum products analysis to determine the type, quality, and quantity; as well as the documentation of oil bearing vessels, have greatly assisted our investigations of oil theft, which is a major activity of the zonal office.
Pledging to build on the foundation of close collaboration established by his predecessors, Imam urged the DPR management to put behind them the challenges experienced in the past, assuring of a new vista of robust synergy and collaboration in the fight against illegal oil bunkering and other maritime related economic crimes.