Nigeria Arrests Two Britons Over ’oil TheftPlot’

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Two British nationals were among 14 people
arrested on suspicion of attempted bribery in
connection with an alleged plot to steal oil from a
pipeline, Nigeria said.

The head of the Joint Task Force (JTF) of military
and police in the oil-producing Niger Delta region
said the Britons allegedly tried to bribe a senior
commander to facilitate the theft.

Oil theft, or “bunkering”, is a major problem in
Nigeria, which is Africa’s leading crude producer
and exporter.

The practice is said to cost the country some $6
billion (4.3 billion euros) in revenue every year,
although the government is accused of
exaggerating the extent of the problem to cover up
embezzlement.

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

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