Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State on Monday, has said that those who sabotage government’s efforts to eliminate oil theft and illegal oil bunkering, should be brought to justice.
Governor Wike stated this when participants of Naval Warfare College, Course IV, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House in Port Harcourt.
He warned that oil bunkering which affects the socio-economic development of the country should not be allowed to thrive.
Wike explained that his administration has given necessary support to security agencies, particularly the Nigerian Navy, by providing six gunboats to secure the waterways.
“We are also procuring more gunboats for the Navy to fight pipeline vandalism and oil bunkering in the State. The issue of security should not be politicized as crime and criminality is not synonymous to a particular state.
“No Country or State can say that they do not have insecurity. Here in the State because we are working in synergy with security agencies, insecurity has reduced.
“Let me appeal that the efforts you put in to apprehend those who attack your personnel, should also be applied to prosecute those who affect our economy,” he stated.
The governor called on the Federal Government to implement the report that would be submitted at the end of the study tour.
Earlier, the Commandant, Nigerian Naval War College, Rear Admiral AdeseyeAyobanjo, commended the governor for hosting the course participants
Ayobanjo announced that the theme of the course was, “Curbing Pipeline Vandalism Towards Enhancing Socio-economic Development in Rivers State.”
“In choosing to carry out this study, we recognize that the Rivers State Government and other security agencies have been doing so much to curb the menace of pipeline vandalism.
“The participants of the War College will interact with the people and make recommendations to the Nigerian Navy for implementation.”