President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that his administration will deal decisively with the seeming resurgence of oil theft, pipeline vandalism and insecurity in the Niger Delta. His spokesperson, Garba Shehu made this known in a statement on Tuesday.
According to him, Mr. President said the activities of oil thieves and vandals in Niger Delta would soon be brought to an end. Speaking during an interactive forum with members of the Nigerian Community in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, he is quoted to have said,
“The oil thieves and abductors are a less problematic target. We will re-organize and deal with them”.
He promised that more persons who have abused the public trust will be apprehended and brought to book, pledging his administration’s commitment to re-establishing the former standards of accountability and probity in the management of public funds which Nigerians were known for but have been jettisoned under past administrations.
He also assured them that the government is taking steps and measures to safeguard the economy from the shock of falling oil prices.
“In the face of our new economic reality of dwindling oil prices, there are a number of things we can really do without to preserve our economy. We must develop the capacity to feed ourselves and we should be spending our resources on real development projects.”
Militants reportedly bombed crude oil and gas pipelines in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State last weekend, a few days after a Federal High Court in Lagos issued a bench warrant for the arrest of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.
The Commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Major-General Alani Gafar Okunola, who visited the affected sites with other military officers to see the level of destruction said those involved will be brought to book.
“We are going to fish out those responsible. It is a national sabotage of critical asset. There is no way we can fold our hands and allow the perpetrators to get away with it.”
Tompolo, has denied involvement in the attacks, saying he did not carry out any bombing and did not send anybody to destroy oil installations, saying it is only the work of his enemies to spite him.