Saturday, April 20, 2024

Wike demands immediate redeployment of policemen operating illegal refineries

The governor promised to give council chairmen N2 million for each illegal refinery that they expose within their area of administration.

• January 16, 2022
Nyesom-Wike
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike (Photo Credit: @Govwike)

Governor Nyesom Wike has asked that police officers operating illegal refineries in Rivers state be redeployed.

The governor gave the order on Friday during a meeting with local government chairpersons and security agencies held at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

Ordering the state police commissioner, Eboka Friday, to immediately redeploy a divisional police officer also operating an illegal refinery site in the state, Mr Wike described as unfortunate security agents involvement in illegal bunkering.

According to the governor, the police officers must leave the state, directing the police commissioner to arrest Chief W. J. Wocha, Fubara Ohaka, and Promise Ezekwe, for operating illegal refineries inside the forest of Ibaa community in Emohua LGA in the state.

“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 be transferred. He must leave this state. I can’t be Governor here and the security man owns an illegal refinery. No, it is not possible,” Mr Wike said.

During the meeting, the governor issued a 48-hour ultimatum to LG chairpersons to provide a list of illegal refinery sites and their operators within their areas.

The governor told the local government chairpersons that “It’s a total war… It is either we do it or we don’t do it.”

He said that they cannot continue to fold their hands while the illegal bunkering continues to threaten the lives of the people and the state economy.

“I’ve called you here to tell you that it’s a total war. It is either we do it or we don’t do it. We cannot allow what is going on to continue. Two things – our people are dying, it’s shortening our own revenue.

“You check from the Federation Account, Akwa Ibom and Delta states are getting more, why? Because, these boys of the cartel have caused so much problems for us. So we will not allow it.

“Now, every council chairman must go and identify where illegal refineries are taking place. If you identify one, you get N2 million. So, go and identify as many as you can. I will pay N2 million for each one,” Mr Wike told the chairpersons.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State

Politics

Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Usman Ododo

Hot news Home top

Ondo APC Primary: Despite condemnation by guber aspirants, Ododo says process transparent

Mr Ododo stressed that the committee was well guided by the APC guidelines for nominating candidates for general elections and relevant provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.

David Umahi and Francis Nwifuru

States

We’re celebrating in Ebonyi while other state governors, their predecessors are fighting; Nwifuru honouring me: Umahi

“Governors and their predecessors are fighting in many states, but in Ebonyi, we are always celebrating,” said Mr Umahi. Pix:

President Bola Tinubu

Education

Tinubu reiterates commitment to enhancing quality, financial stability of Nigerian varsities

Mr Tinubu said, “In alignment with the Renewed Hope Agenda, our administration is committed to enhancing funding and support for educational institutions.”

ARMED POLICE AND NSCDC OPERATIVES

States

Ex-NSCDC commandant urges security agencies to beam searchlight on remote communities in Ogun

The ex-NSCDC boss noted that crime had continued to thrive in the remote communities due to neglect and inadequate security operations in such areas.

NAFDAC Nigeria

Health

NAFDAC raids Abuja supermarkets, seizes fake products worth N50 million

NAFDAC said operatives discovered the products during a raid of popular supermarkets in the metropolis, including Sahad Stores and H-Medix in Wuse 2 and Gwarinpa.

MAN CITY VS CHELSEA

Sport

Bernardo Silva’s crucial goal helps Man City beat Chelsea to reach FA Cup final

Chelsea only have them to blame for the failure to go past Manchester City after forward Nicolas Jackson missed multiple crucial opportunities to score at least one goal.