Divisional police officer owns illegal refinery in Rivers – Wike alleges
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has requested the redeployment of a divisional police officer for allegedly operating an illegal refinery in the state.
The governor had held a security meeting at Government House on Friday, attended by dignitaries including the council presidents and heads of the Nigerian army, Nigerian air force, Nigerian navy, Nigerian Police, Directorate of State Service and Nigeria Security and Safety. Civil Defense Corps.
Naija News understands that the governor at the meeting issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the 23 local government presidents to list all illegal refineries and their operators in their jurisdiction.
There was an outcry among the citizens soot emission threatening their well-being recently.
Bitterly deploring the development, Wike challenged the council presidents to prove they were not complicit in harmful business that had become a threat to the health of Rivers residents and the national economy.
He warned that his government would not fold its hands and do anything to protect the state’s residents from the death that would be imposed on them by criminally minded artisanal refinery operators.
Speaking on behalf of the Governor of Port Harcourt earlier, Special Assistant to the Governor for Media, Kelvin Ebiri, noted: “Now every council president has to go identify where the illegal refineries are. If you identify one, you get N2m. So go ahead and identify as many as you can.
“I will pay N2m for each. And I will fight against that. Our people are dying and we owe it to our people to protect them, to save them from a death they never caused.
“So you must, and you have 48 hours to go and identify all the illegal refinery sites, and those who are in charge of them,said Wike.
While stressing that it would be unfortunate if he allowed a police officer to own an illegal oil company under his watch, Governor Wike pointed out that any council chairman who was afraid to join the fight against criminals operating refineries illegal should be ready resign.
The governor disapproved of the security agencies for the role some of their personnel had played in aiding and providing cover for operators of the state’s illegal refineries.
Wike prayed to the State Police Commissioner, Eboka Friday, to redeploy out of state a particular DPO in the Emohua Local Government Area operating an illegal refinery in the area.
He said: “It is unfortunate for this country that security officers are involved in illegal bunkering. I can not believe it. Mr. CP, thank you for transferring the DPO to Rumuji, which has a refinery. But the man has to get out of here, not mutated. He must leave this state.
“I can’t be governor here and the security man owns an illegal refinery. No, it’s not possible… the man must leave. Take it where they allow bunkering,“said Wuke.
Governor Wike has ordered the PC to immediately arrest Chief WJ Wocha, Fubara Ohaka and Chief Promise Ezekwe, who have been singled out for operating illegal refineries deep in the Ibaa community forest in the area of local government of Emohua.
The Governor further urged the Commander of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Rivers State Command, to immediately transfer his personnel dealing with pipeline vandalism in the state.
“Transfer the man and tell him to leave. He’s a complete saboteur. I mean, how can the security men get involved in this. What kind of country are we?
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