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Economic Sabotage: Oil theft will stop in Niger Delta, Asari Dokubo assures Tinubu

Asari Dokubo, Prominent Niger Delta Activist, During His Visit to President Tinubu in the State House, Abuja

*Asari Dokubo, prominent Niger Delta activist, meets President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the State House, Abuja, and  assures the Federal Government of ‘zero oil theft from now’, as he accuses the Military and ‘powerful cabals’ behind oil theft menace in the South-South region of Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Alhaji Asari Dokubo, a Niger Delta activist, has volunteered to use his ‘boys’ to assist and do the necessary to halt the evil in the region of Nigeria.

ConsumerConnect reports  Dokubo, who stated this while addressing  the State House Correspondents, after a private meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, Friday, June 16, 2023, in Abuja, FCT.

The leading Niger Delta rights leader also assured the Federal Government and Nigerians of “zero oil theft from now on Insha Allah.”

Dokubo has accused the Nigerian Military of being behind 99 percent of oil theft in the country.

The activist made the accusation against the Military after a private meeting with President Tinubu, in Abuja.

According to Dokubo, the President has promised to investigate allegations of huge oil bunkering by notorious Naval Commanders that are kingpins, and promised to take decisive action to halt the shameful act.

Dokubo as well disclosed that there are powerful cabals operating from Abuja, vowing that these powerful forces in place have now met their match and several people would soon be marching to Kuje (Prison located in Abuja).

Pledge to assist the government to stop menace of oil theft

Dokubo also told reporters that had volunteered to deploy his boys to assist, and do the necessary to halt ‘the evil’ in the Niger Delta region of the country.

He, however, contended that ordinary Niger Delta citizens, who are often blamed for oil theft, are not responsible.

The ordinary citizens of the region do not have the wherewithal to perform such sophisticated act of stealing the country’s crude oil, he noted.

The former militant leader explained the manner in which the oil thieves have gone about their criminal activities has stripped the people of the Niger Delta of their livelihood, and it is a crime against humanity.

Dokubo, therefore, alleged that it is an act of blackmail for the Military to say that they have insufficient armaments to deal with insecurity, accusing them of forfeiting their weapons to the insurgents, which continued to fuel the insurgency.

Navy challenges Dobuko to name culpable officers in alleged oil theft

In reaction to the sweeping allegation of mindless theft of the Nigerian crude in the region, the Navy has debunked the allegation, and challenged the rights activist to name officers involved in the act of economic sabotage in the Niger Delta.

However, hours after making the allegations in the State House, the Nigerian Navy has reacted and described as spurious the allegations by ex-Niger Delta militant leader.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, Director of Naval Information, challenged Dokubo to name those involved in such infractions in the Niger Delta region.

Commodore  Ayo-Vaughan told Channels TV, that Dokubo is seeking some form of relevance, and alleges that there is a cabal of military people that are involved in crude oil theft, let him bring the names.

“Nobody is afraid of getting the names of those involved in crude oil theft,” said the Naval Spokesman.

It is also recalled General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), October 2022, had vowed to investigate oil theft activities in the Niger Delta.

General Irabor made the vow when he alongside Malam Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), visited the scene of the illegal insertions at the Trans-Escravos pipeline in the Yokiri area of Delta State.

Irabor had said: “This is an eye-opener and I’m glad that I’ve come here.

“This is really very sad and we are going to get to the root of it all.

“There will be an investigation that will go through the entire length of the chain to establish who did this and how long it has been, among several other issues.”

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