Wike Declares War On Kingpins Running Illegal Oil Refineries

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Wike Declares War On Kingpins Running Illegal Oil Refineries

Wike Declares War On Kingpins Running Illegal Oil Refineries.

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has stepped up the campaign against illicit refineries in the state.

The governor has begun visiting illicit refining facilities, in addition to instructing council chairmen to hunt down operators.

Yesterday, the governor took a long stroll through the forest of Ogbodo village in Ikwerre council and the woodland of Ibaa community in Emohua council to expose certain crude oil deposits.

He stated that his government will not yield to any type of extortion or intimidation intended to thwart attempts to combat unlawful activity.

A statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, quoted Wike as saying: “They can’t be doing this and be killing my people. No reasonable government will allow that. And I can tell you with all due respect; we will take this matter very seriously.”

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According to the governor, no matter how powerful the criminals are, they will be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

He ordered Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor SAN, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, to take over the case files of illicit crude oil refinery operators apprehended by the police.

“Attorney General, all these matters with the police, you have to retrieve the files so that you can prosecute the matters on our own. I don’t want any compromise anywhere.

“And then too, it will not be on the ministry. You have to constitute a legal team. Go and get our friends all over the country.

“It is a serious matter. And I’m going to take it head on. In fact, it is a war. It is not poor people doing this, they’re a cartel. You must go and arrest these people: Chief W. J. Wocha, you must arrest Fubara Ohaka, and Chief Promise Ezekwe. You must arrest them,” he said.

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