Nigeria: State security urged to go after fuel saboteurs
The Natives, an anti-sabotage organisation, has tasked security agencies – particularly the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) – with tracking down oil marketers and other saboteurs responsible for fuel scarcity across the country.
The current fuel queue and the hardships Nigerians are experiencing as a result of fuel scarcity were described as “politically motivated” by the group.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja and signed by its president general, Smart Edwards, it said Nigerians should hold some oil industry players accountable for sabotaging the efforts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) despite the fact that it unilaterally implemented unapproved fuel prices.
Edwards, however, lauded the federal government through the minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, and NNPCL for their recent announcement of a possible phasing out of fuel imports next year.
According to him, Nigerians were tired of hearing about turnaround maintenance (TAM) that resulted in non-functional refineries in the country year after year.
The statement described the actions by the “saboteurs (among the marketers and distributors)” as deliberate selfish, and indicated: “This is abnormal which should not be allowed to stand. We call on the DSS and the NSCDC to go after these enemies of the state.
“We strongly condemn the scare and conduct of players that are leading to hike and queues as politically motivated, and this is sad, because the masses are at the receiving end.”
Further, Edwards said Chief Timipre Sylva, the minister of state for petroleum resources, had said that President Muhammadu Buhari had not directed the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) or any agency for that matter to increase the price of fuel.
“The minister explained that what was playing out was the handiwork of mischief makers and those planning to discredit the achievements of the President in the oil and gas sector of the economy. Therefore, these saboteurs should not be allowed to succeed,” he added.
Source: Energy Ghana