Governor of River's state Nyesome Wike gives 48 hours’ deadline for LG Chairmen to identify illegal oil bunkeries in their Domains

Governor Nyesome Wike has given all 23 Local Government Council Chairmen in River’s state a 48-hour ultimatum to provide a comprehensive list of illegal oil refinery operators within their respective Domains.

The Governor gave the order at a meeting with Council Chairmen and Heads of security agents in the state which includes, heads of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air force, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Police, Nigerian Civil Defense corps and the directorate of the department of state service, on Friday at the River’s state government house.

The governor stated that as a responsible government, it would be unwise for them to fold their hands and do nothing to safeguard residents of the state from the death forced upon them by criminally-minded operators of artisanal refinery, which has caused a lot of health and economic hazard in the state. He also challenged the council chairmen to prove they were not complicit in the noxious business. He also threatened that any local government boss that fails to provide necessary information on the activities of illegal oil bunkers with their domain will be forced to Resign. The governor also placed a 2-million-naira bounty on each of the illegal Refinery identified by council Chairmen.

“Now, every council chairman must go and identify where illegal refineries are taking place. If you identify one, you get N2m (Two million Naira). So, go and identify as many as you can. I will pay N2m for each one. And I am going to fight against this. Our people are dying and we owe our people the responsibility to protect them, to save them from death they never caused. So, you must, and you’re given 48 hours to go and identify all illegal refineries sites, and those who are in charge of them.” governor Nyesome Wike stated during the meeting.

Governor Nyesome Wike also alleged that some security agents in the country are largely involved in the illegal business, and has urged The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Eboka Friday, to redeploy a particular Divisional Police Officer (DPO) accused of operating an illegal refinery in some parts of the State. He said “It’s unfortunate for this country how security people will be involved in illegal bunkering. I can’t believe it. Mr. CP, I thank you for transferring the DPO in Rumuji, who owns a refinery.

“But the man must leave here, not transferred. He must leave this state. I can’t be governor here and security man owns an illegal refinery. No, it is not possible…the man has to go. Take him to wherever they allow bunkering.”

However, the governor has instructed the Department of State Service to profile everybody involved in illegal oil bunkery in the state and forward the list to him.

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