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Just in: Crude oil losses: Minister’s aide retracts statement, calls it media publication error

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has distanced himself from a statement credited to him that theft and pipeline vandalism were responsible for the volumes of crude losses in the country.

His media aide, Horatius Egua, apologized to Nigerians and the industry operators for what he called a “media publication error.”

Persecondnews recalls that Egua had on February 20, 2023 released a statement to the media that the minister attributed theft and pipeline vandalism to volumes of crude losses being recorded in Nigeria.

According to him, the statement was a “working draft” which should not have been released to the media for publication as he did not get the clearance of the Minister.

“The statement was not in anyway released to denigrate the reputation of the head of any agency or government official or to dispute the figures released by the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC). It was released in error.

” I apologize for any discomfort or inconveniences the statement may have caused by it release,” Egua said.

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