Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has alleged that the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarhem, is running an illegal oil bunkering squad.
Naija News reports that the Rivers state Governor alleged that the Army commander is running the squad for the purpose of financing his quest to be appointed as Chief of Army Staff.
In his stunning allegation, Wike declared that any attempt to appoint the GOC of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army as the Chief of Army Staff would spell doom for the nation’s failing security architecture.
The Rivers state governor made this known while speaking during a courtesy visit by the Commander of Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe, Real Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade, at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
In his words, Wike said; “The GOC is doing illegal bunkering, which he is using to finance his quest to emerge as the country’s Chief of Army Staff.
“He has his own team that is making money for him through oil bunkering”.
Wike accused the GOC of the 6 Division of compromising security in Rivers State through illegal actions.
“We will have a security meeting and he will release the details to criminals. And the Chief of Army Staff will leave the man here because he is playing their role.
“How will security of the state be with such a man as the GOC? He will compromise when fighting to reduce crime, they sent us a GOC who destroy the security architecture of the state.” he alleged.
Governor Wike wondered what the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe would do when they encounter the illegal oil bunkering team of the GOC.
Governor Wike said that Rivers people stopped the GOC and his accomplices from imposing a Governor on the state during the elections.
While speaking further, the Governor said; “A man came to plot coup. The people resisted him for plotting coup. You want to impose a party that has no candidate for National Assembly and State Assembly elections on the people. How will such a party win the Governorship election? A party that nobody has seen their posters. Rivers people said no.
“He has result sheets. Let him bring the result sheets to the tribunal. Army now has result sheets. That is now part of their mandate.”
In his response, the Commander said that the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe has recorded successes in the protection of oil and gas facilities and the maintenance of internal security in the area.
He appealed to leaders to engage youths to shun crime and criminality for the development of the state.