Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has told the army, the navy, the police, and other security agencies that they are the major reason the war against oil bunkering is very difficult in the State.
According to Wike, those security agencies were fully involved in the crime they should be fighting against.
Wike said that Nigeria’s economy would remain vulnerable if such criminal activities, including artisanal refining of crude oil, continued unabated.
The Governor said security agencies have not helped matters but were frustrating the government efforts to curb the menace of illegal refining of crude oil.
Wike spoke when he donated 14 ballistic gunboats to the Navy, Army, the Police, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at the NNS Pathfinder, Naval Base, Rumuolumeni in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area at the weekend.
He said: “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 are involved. The Navy is involved. Let us tell ourselves the simple truth.”