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Wike accuses Army Commander of engaging in oil bunkering, lobbying 

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•Warns against appointing him Chief of Army Staff 

Senator Iroegbu

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom  Wike has accused the General Officer Commanding ( GOC) of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Jamil Sarhem, of running  an illegal oil bunkering squad for the purpose  of financing his quest to be appointed  the Chief of Army Staff.

Wike made these allegations in a statement on Wednesday issued by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu.

He warned that any attempt to appoint the GOC of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army as the Chief of Army Staff, would spell doom for the nation’s failing  security architecture  .

The Governor made these remarks  on Wednesday  during a Courtesy visit by the Commander of Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe, Real Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

He said: “The GOC is doing illegal bunkering, which he is using to finance his quest to emerge as the country’s Chief of Army Staff.

“He has his own team that is making  money for him through oil bunkering”.

He accused the GOC of the 6 Division  of compromising  security  in Rivers State through  illegal actions.

“We will have a security meeting and he will release the details to criminals. And the Chief of Army Staff will leave  the man here because he is playing  their role.

“How will security of the state be with such a man as the GOC? He will compromise when fighting to reduce crime, they sent us a GOC who destroy  the security architecture of the state,” he said.

Governor Wike  wondered what the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe would do when they encounter the illegal oil bunkering team of the GOC.

He said that Rivers people stopped the GOC and his accomplices  from imposing a Governor  on the state during the elections.

He continued: “A man came to plot coup. The people resisted him for plotting coup. You want to impose a party that has no candidate for National Assembly and State Assembly elections on the people. How will such a party win the Governorship election?  A party that nobody  has seen their posters. Rivers people said no.

“He has result sheets.  Let him bring the result sheets to the tribunal.  Army now has result sheets. That is now part of their mandate “.

The Governor assured the Commander of Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe that the Rivers State Government  will support their operations  to ensure that they defend the Niger Delta, especially  Rivers State.

He said: “Anybody who wants to help us  fight crime, I will support.  I will never support  those involved  in illegal refineries”.

Commander of Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe, Real Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade thanked the Rivers State Governor for the supply of gunboats, security vehicles and finances for security operations in the area.

He assured the governor that the Joint Task Force will not relent in fighting crime in the State.

“Governor Wike is a consummate politician and grassroots leader. As a man who understands National Security, he understands that National security itself is Local.

“We want to seriously  commend you on his numerous achievements you made since your tenure.  I will like to take this opportunity  to congratulate the Governor on the renewal of your mandate to serve the people of Rivers State for another four years “, he said.

The Commander  said that the  Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe has recorded successes in the protection of oil and gas facilities and the maintenance of internal security in the area.

He appealed to leaders to engage youths to shun crime and criminality for the development of the state.


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