Rivers council boss, councillors protest activities of artisanal refiners
• Task FG to stop security agencies aiding bunkering
Chairman of Emohua Local Council of Rivers State, Chidi Lloyd, yesterday, led a protest against activities of artisanal crude refiners whose product is commonly known as Kpo-fire.
Carrying placards with different inscriptions, the council boss and members of his cabinet protested against security agencies, who aid the menace.
Addressing newsmen, Lloyd called on the Federal Government to end illegal oil bunkering to avert loss of life and property in the area.
He alleged that some security personnel posted to the area are aiding and abetting oil activities, while decrying the ravaging effects of soot on the inhabitants of the council.
According to him, efforts by his administration to end the menace by setting up a Task force on illegal oil bunkering failed due to security personnel was given protection to artisanal refiners in the area.
He said: “Truck tankers are being loaded with illegally refined petroleum products and escorted out of the area by Federal government-controlled security agencies, while residents of the area battle issues of soot and water pollution, as well as the destruction of farmlands, as a result of this menace.”
Also, leader of Emohua legislative Assembly, Love Nyenke and the secretary of the council, Vincent Chukwu, added that the situation has become so bad that the people of the area, who are predominantly farmers and fishermen could no longer go about their farming and fishing business due to pollution of their farmlands and surrounding rivers and streams.
They called for probe of any security personnel involved in illegal oil bunkering activities and anyone found culpable, made to face the full wrath of the law for sabotaging the nation’s economy.
They also stressed that quick intervention of the federal government will not only help to protect life and property in the council but also save the nation from loss of revenue.