Wike accuses senior army officer of oil theft

Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has accused General Officer Commanding 6 Division of Nigerian Army, Mr Jamil Sarhem, a major-general, of running an illegal oil bunkering squad for the purpose of financing his quest to be appointed Chief of Army Staff.

Wike cautioned that any attempt to appoint the GOC of the 6 Division of Nigerian Army as Chief of Army Staff would spell doom for the nation’s failing security architecture.

The governor spoke on Wednesday during a courtesy visit by the Commander, Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe, Mr Akinjide Akinrinade, a Real Admiral, at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He 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 also accused the GOC of compromising security in Rivers State through illegal actions.

“We will have a security meeting and he will release the details to criminals, and Chief of Army Staff will leave the man here because he is playing their role.

“How will the 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 destroyed the security architecture of the state.”

Wike wondered what the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe would do when they encountered the illegal oil bunkering team of the GOC.

He said that Rivers people stopped the GOC and his accomplices from imposing a governor on the state during the elections.



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