The Federal Government says some security personnel deployed to fight oil theft were collaborating with those stealing the commodity in the Niger- Delta region.
Minister of State, Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva, who spoke on a national television, noted that the government has many plans to monitor the personnel paid to stop the menace.
He added that the persistent vandalism of oil and gas pipelines was a metamorphosis of the militancy in the Niger-Delta region, which although led to the training of several youths in the region, has extended to the ongoing challenge.
The Minister however stressed that oil theft has been in Nigeria for decades, noting that at a time there was some sympathy for the culprits, which aggravated the matter.
Sylva said the situation is no longer sustainable, pointing out that Nigeria is currently losing a lot of its production, a development that spurred the president to act on the matter.