Written by Taiwo Lawrence Adeyemi
Joint Task Force (JTF) Activities In Niger Delta: Line of Duty or Plundering?
In the name of protecting and securing Nigeria and Multinationals Oil installations and facilities, curtailing militants attacks and activities, maintaining law and order in the troubled Niger Delta Region Of Nigeria. This is why the Joint Task Force [JTF] was established, but has this outfit live up up to it’s billings?
Shell Petroleum Development Company [SPDC] claims it has been loosing 60,000 barrels of oil of oil thefts along it’s Nembe trunk line, the highest in three years! With the oil barons thieves building expansive farm tanks, refineries and large ocean going barges.
JTF that is supposedly mandated to manned the Niger Delta creeks down the Bonny River Channel has gone to sleep or simply put’ ‘turned a blind eye’ to the sophisticated and powerful oil thefts barons. JTF is equip with Naval speed boats and reconnaissance hover crafts, how come this devastating atrocities are been perpetrated and committed under the nose and eyes of the JTF, without JTF discovering, arresting and prosecuting the masterminds?
Close to $7 billion dollars was said to have been lost to oil thefts, is JTF up to the task of securing the Niger Delta? The plundering of Niger Delta in the name of keeping peace is now glaring and becoming a stark reality. The recent court judgment against the federal government for the Odi invasion and annihilation of it’s entire citizen still remains fresh. What about the Gbaramatu mop up by the JTF?
The multinationals can as well provided and maintain their respective pipelines if allowed, as their security personnel will not compromise. The JTF activities in the Niger Delta region should be x-ray and if possible a total pull out of the JTF from the region and allow the multinationals oil companies to hire their own private security personnel to manned their pipelines and incorporate the local vigilantes along the pipelines.
NigeriaShell MD, Mutiu-Sunmonu
With the possible closure of it’s Nembe trunk line by Shell Petroleum Development Company [SPDC], for what the company Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mutiu Sunmonu called ‘Extensive Plundering’, JTF activities should be called to question as to how and why these activities are taking place under their eyes?
From Odi invasion to Gbaramatu Kingdom mop up and annihilation, what is JTF still doing in the Niger Delta Region? Where as the aim then was to maintain peace, protect the Bonny River Channel and curtailed the then restless Niger Delta Militants. The multinationals has in their wisdom contracted out the security of their respective pipelines to the security officials [ex-militants] and this has to some extent reduces vandalizing of oil pipelines. Let these steps be extended to the creeks and Bonny River Channel.
Enough of this plundering in the Niger Delta in the name of keeping PEACE!
Taiwo Lawrence Adeyemi.
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