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Crude oil theft: Kingpins reside in Lagos, Abuja, other world cities — Senator Dickson – Vanguard

By Akpokona Omafuaire

OPOROZA- A former governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Seriake Dickson, has declared that the big players stealing the nation’s crude oil live in Lagos, Abuja, and other world capitals, and revealed the measures the Federal Government should take internationally and locally to thwart their operations.

He said if the government desires Mondayto stop the thievery, it should mobilise and tag the Nigerian stolen crude as blood diamond in the global arena.

Dickson, who represents the Bayelsa West Senatorial District in the Senate, stated this when he visited the traditional ruler of Gbaramatu Kingdom, His Majesty, Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, at Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, weekend.

High-level oil theft not by Ijaw youths

His words: “It (high-level oil theft) is not an Ijaw youths’ game, it is a game perpetrated by the big players, and they do not reside here. They are in Lagos, Abuja, and other world capitals, and I stand by that.

“I have said repeatedly, I am not saying it for the first time. It is a fact that is known to everybody. The Ijaw people who live in the creeks and strive day-to-day for economic livelihood in our polluted waterways cannot engage in the high-level operations that result in the daily loss of Nigerian crude produced from our place.

“Those who can compromise and infiltrate the national security system, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited, (NNPCL) system, and the shuttle vessels are not Ijaw people.

“We do not even have the experience necessary in such operations, which is a high level operation that requires a lot of resources and coordination, funding, and international networking.

“If Nigeria is serious, the country has to step up its game in the international arena and push for the designation of Nigerian stolen crude as blood diamond, arising from the conflict in some states in West Africa.

“Nigeria has to push for that, but those that under-declare even that which is produced; refused to properly monitor and record what is made for over 50 to 60 years, should take the blame.
“The Ijaw youths, and harmless poor people without the capacity and technical know-how on how pipes operate, and how high voltage pipes can be tampered with, should not be made scapegoats. They do not have that technology.”

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