Wike Issues 48-Hour Ultimatum To 23 LGA Chairmen Over Illegal Oil Refineries

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Wike Issues 48-Hour Ultimatum To 23 LGA Chairmen Over Illegal Oil Refineries.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has given the chairmen of the 23 Local Government Areas a 48-hour deadline to disclose any illicit refineries and their operators under their authority or resign.

Wike said that until he was moved by the Force, the Divisional Police Officer in the Emohua Local Government Region controlled an illegal refinery in the area.

At a meeting with the council chairmen and leaders of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Police, the Directorate of State Service, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at Government House on Friday, the governor issued the ultimatum.

Wike challenged the council chairmen to show they were not involved in the fraudulent activities that had been threatening Rivers residents’ health and the national economy for years.

In a statement to media in Port Harcourt, Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, confirmed the governor’s meeting.

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The governor said, “Now, every council chairman must go and identify where illegal refineries are taking place. If you identify one, you get N2million. So, go and identify as many as you can.

“I will pay N2million for each one. And I am going to fight against this. Our people are dying and we owe our people the responsibility to protect them, to save them from death they never caused.

“So, you must, and you’re given 48 hours to go and identify all illegal refineries sites, and those who are in charge of them.”

Any council chairmen who were hesitant to join the fight against the crooks running the illicit refineries should be prepared to quit, according to the governor.

The governor has directed State Police Commissioner Eboka Friday to relocate a specific DPO in Emohua Local Government Region who is operating an illegal refinery in the area out of 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 transferred. He must leave this state.

“I can’t be governor here and security man owns an illegal refinery. No, it is not possible…the man has to go. Take him to wherever they allow bunkering,” Wike stated.

The governor also directed the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rivers State Command, to transfer soldiers in charge of pipeline vandalism in the state as soon as possible.

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