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Military Behind 99% Of Oil Theft In Niger Delta – Dokubo

Asari Dokubo, a former Niger Delta militant on Friday claimed that the Nigerian military, notably the Army and the Navy, are responsible for 99 per cent of the oil theft and bunkering in the Niger Delta region.

Dakubo made this disclosure after meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Speaking with State House correspondents, Dakubo said even if everyone in the Niger Delta had one billion contracts to stop the threats of oil theft and bunkering, it would fail since the Army and the Navy have fully equipped the oil theft kingpins.

He revealed that he had offered to put an end to the threat since he knew the Tinubu-led government would totally protect him.

Dokubo said: “The Army and the Navy intimidate the Civil Defence, who are by status, the people who are supposed to guard these pipelines.

“They receive a lot of money from NNPC, PCL and the IOCs and just across the corner, you will see a houseboat a few meters from the Houseboat, you will see an oil bunkering refinery or tapping directly from oil well ends.

“It is very pathetic now. What is happening in the Niger Delta in the past eight years was unprecedented in the history of oil production anywhere in the world.

“The vandals do not only attack the pipelines, they have migrated from the pipeline and have gone directly to the oil well heads and they take directly from the oil well heads.

“They set up haphazard facilities they call local refineries and artisan refineries. This is a crime against humanity because the livelihood of the people is being totally destroyed.

“The livelihood of the people is totally destroyed. And every meter you see a Naval houseboat or an Army houseboat stationed.

“So the main culprits are the Army and the Navy. And there are notorious Naval commanders who are known to be kingpins of these bunkering activities.

“Even if they give one billion contracts to everybody in the Niger Delta because these military men are armed from the Army and the Navy, nothing will happen.

“The President has promised to take decisive action to make sure that this does not continue, it is brought to an end. It is very shameful.

“So I had volunteered to help, to assist and to do the things that are necessary to put a stop to this evil that is being perpetrated against the people of the Niger Delta, the oil community and the whole of Nigerians.”

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