Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Wednesday revealed the identity of Senior military officer allegedly promoting bunkering in the Niger Delta region.
Wike alleged that the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarhem was promoting oil theft in the region.
He made the allegation while hosting the Commander Joint Task Force (JTF), “Operation Delta Safe, Real Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade at the State House in Port Harcourt, the state capital and was contained in a statement by his Personal Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakudu.
The Governor claimed that Major General Sarham was operating an illegal oil bunkering squad to enable him finance his ambition to be appointed the Chief of Army Staff.
According to Wike: “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.
“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.
“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.”