By Rikki Nwajiofor
National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), under the leadership of Amb. Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo, has reiterated its avowal to put an end to oil theft & illegal bunkering, pipelines vandalism and adulteration of petroleum products in Nigeria.
This was made known to the media on Monday, by the Secretary of the NYCN Directorate of Petroleum and Solid Minerals, and the National Coordinator on fight against oil theft & illegal bunkering, pipelines vandalism and adulteration of petroleum products, Comrade Prince Nixon Udoka Ahanonu.
Speaking to the media in Delta State, during a surveillance patrol of the Taskforce Committee to gather information on the illegal activities of the perpetrators of economic sabotage in the oil and gas sector, Comrade Ahanonu stated that no amount of intimidation can deter his Committee from exposing the activities of the people involved in the oil theft and illegal bunkering. He said he has received several threats but can never go back on this patriotic mission, the dangers therein notwithstanding. According to him;
“No amount of intimidation can stop Nigerian Youth from this fight against oil theft & illegal bunkering, pipelines vandalism and adulteration of petroleum products. We have received several threats and attacks from the perpetrators of this heinous economic sabotage in the Oil and Gas Sector in Nigeria, since we commenced surveillance patrol.
“The threats are coming from different quarters, even from the places we least expected, trying to intimidate me and my undaunted team from exposing those involved in this despicable acts and their modus operandi.
“I’m calling on all the Security Agencies; the Chief of Army Staff, the Inspector General of Police, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Commandant General of NSCDC, The Director General of DSS and the office of the NSA to collaborate with the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in this fight against the enemies of our dear nation in the Oil and Gas Sector.
“It is important that all the aforementioned Security Agencies should come out in full force to collaborate with NYCN so as to clearly show Nigerian Youth that they are not accomplices to this heinous economic sabotage and crime against our beloved nation.
“From the investigations done so far, accusing fingers are pointing at some Security Agencies as those who aid and abet Oil theft & illegal bunkering in the country.
“My Directorate; Directorate of Petroleum and Solid Minerals of NYCN has secerally written to all the Security Agencies and NNPCL regarding some of our findings but there has not been any response on their readiness to fight this organized crime. Suffice it to say that their refusal to collaborate with the National Youth Council of Nigeria on this fight is not only suspicious but has a lot to say.
“Be that as it may, we are determined to fight this battle till the end. Nigeria must get better. We must sanitize the Oil and Gas Sector and thus restore the economy of our beloved nation. Aluta Continua.”