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Wike accuses civil defence, army, police, naval for oil bunkering in Rivers

Rivers’ governor has accused security agencies of conniving with criminals to sabotage the fight against oil bunkering in the state.

Nyesom Wike made the observation during the presentation of 14 ballistic gunboats, donated by the Rivers State Government to security agencies, at NNS Pathfinder, Naval Base, Rumuolumeni in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area on Friday.

Wike said the seeming frustration in the fight against illegal refining of crude oil is caused by security personnel who are deeply involved in the illegal activity or providing cover for the criminals.

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“Most of the problem we have with illegal oil bunkering is that security agencies are fully involved in this illegal oil bunkering. That’s the truth. Civil Defence is involved. Army is involved. Police is involved. Navy is involved. Let us tell ourselves the simple truth.”

He explained that the oil and gas sector is the mainstay of the nation’s economy and Nigerians owe it as a duty to ensure that the country’s economy is salvaged.

He assured that his administration will remained committed to the fight against illegal bunkering.

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