Seal the Crude Condoles with DSS, Appoints Bature, Ogunyemi into Board
Seal the Crude has condoled with the Department of State Security (DSS) on
the gruesome murder of some of its operatives by pipeline vandals in
Arepo, describing the action as barbaric and unconscionable.
The anti-oil theft advocacy group has also announced the appointments of
Hon. Umar Bature and Dr. Adetunji Ogunyemi to serve as members of the
advisory board of the Seal the Crude programme.
A statement signed by Stephen Hemba, Programme Officer, the group
regretted that a fresh rally between the armed forces and other security
and para-military agencies to combat criminality in the waterways and the
delta generally is being resisted by economic saboteurs who now target
security operatives in retaliation.
While grieving with the DSS, the statement however encouraged and
commended the resilience of the entire security agencies against oil
theft, noting that with the resounding national commitment being shown,
the labour of fallen heroes shall never be in vain.
Noting further that the renewed vigour by security agencies is yielding
results as some illegal oil bunkerers have recently been busted, the
statement called on prosecuting agencies especially the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and political authorities to upscale
their engagements against arrested oil thieves.
Hon. Bature the statement said, brings to the board a vast wealth of
knowledge, exposure and experience in security intelligence, policy
formulation and oil industry operations being a retired military officer
and two-time member of the House of Representatives.
Dr. Ogunyemi on his part is a brilliant economic historian with the
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He brings to bear on the Seal the
Crude programme perspectives on economic imperatives of oil, budgeting and
other academic and intellectual contributions to the programme.
Seal the Crude is a dedicated advocacy programme that provides a platform
for sensitisation, enlightenment and harnessing of ideas, events and
activities relating to the economic problem of theft of crude oil
resources plaguing the Nigerian economy.
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