Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State (M); with heads of security agencies in Rivers State

Rivers Director To Be Handed Over To Police Over Involvement In Bunkering, As Manhole Thieves Switch From Trucks To Wheel Barrows

The last is yet to be heard of the black soot threat in Rivers State as Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has directed the state’s Head of Service to query one Mr. Temple Amakiri, a Director in the Ministry of Energy, for abetting bunkering activities and also hand him over to the police for investigation and possible prosecution.


This revelation was made by the Rivers State governor, in a statewide broadcast on Sunday, when he assured that his administration has resolved to tackle the soot pandemic by destroying and closing down all identified illegal crude oil refining sites and activities in the State.


Governor Wike further disclosed that that the raiding of some illegal crude oil refining sites in Port Harcourt after his directive in his new year broadcast led to the arrest of a number of recalcitrant persons, even as he declared 19 persons wanted for operating illegal crude oil refining sites responsible for the black soot pandemic in the State.


He advised those identified the kingpins of bunkering and illegal crude oil refining activities in Rumuolumeni, Rumupareli, Ogbogoro and Isiokpo communities, who have been declared wanted to report themselves to the State Police Command.


“We have also identified those behind illegal bunkering activities in Okrika communities, Port Harcourt Township, Rivers South-East and Rivers South-West Senatorial Districts and their names would be soon published and declared wanted, if they fail to voluntarily report to the police”, he further said.


Wike urged residents of the State to report those involved in illegal crude oil refineries and other damnable activities to the Task Forces already set up at the State and Local Government levels for immediate action.


Recall that last year, uniformed personnel were accused on working with  those  involved in illegal refining of petroleum products,  but  with the most recent discovery of the involvement of top officials of the Rivers State Ministry of Enery , it does appear that a lot more people are involved in the booming  business that was worsening the black soot pandemic in Rivers State, and polluting the rivers in the state.


Meanwhile, concerned residents of Port Harcourt have observed that truck pushers whose activities have been banned in the state because of their alleged involvement in the removal of man holes on major roads in Port Harcourt have now switched to wheel barrows.


Those who spoke with Notable Outcome said that, the operators now carry iron and all such materials that truck pushers used to carry, in wheel barrows. They are therefore calling on the state government to direct the relevant task force to also monitor the activities of wheel barrow pushers and ensure that the culprits are arrested and accordingly punished.

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