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Wike Declares 19 Illegal Oil Refinery Operators In Rivers Over Soot Pollution [Full List]

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Rivers residents protesting against soot pollution in the state.
Rivers residents protesting against soot pollution in the state.

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on Sunday declared 19 individuals wanted for operating illegal crude oil refining sites which are responsible for the black soot menace in Rivers State.

The governor in a statewide broadcast also directed the Rivers State Head of Service to query one Mr. Temple Amakiri, a Director in the Ministry of Energy, for abetting bunkering activities and hand him over to the police for investigation and possible prosecution.

Over the years, residents of the state have cried out against the soot pollution caused by illegal oil refining. 

Reacting on Sunday, Wike assured the people of Rivers State that his government is determined to effectively tackle the soot menace by destroying and closing down all identified illegal crude oil refining sites and activities across the state.

The governor identified some individuals who he termed the “kingpins of bunkering and illegal crude oil refining activities” and he declared them wanted.

They include;

Mr. Azubike Amadi, OSPAC Commander, Ogbogoro community and Chairman of Akpor Central OSPAC; Mr. India, of Rumuolumeni community and Chairman of Oil bunkering Association in Akpor kingdom; Mr. Okey who is in charge of Oil bunkering in Rumupareli; Mr. Anderson, who is in charge of oil bunkering activities in Ogbogoro community; Amadi Gift of Ogbogoro community; Azeruowa of Ogbogoro community; and Kingsley Egbula, also of Ogbogoro community.

Also declared wanted for oil bunkering activities in Isiokpo community were;

Mr. Kemkom Azubike, Mr. Mezu Wabali, Mr. Chigozi Amadi, Mr. Opurum Owhondah, Mr. Bakasi Obodo ,Mr. Opus, Mr. Galaxi Mas, Mr. Chioma, Mr. Ogondah, Mr. Soldier, Mr. Chefo, and Nkasi.

Wike also directed the Rivers state head of service to query one Temple Amakiri, a director in the ministry of energy, for abetting bunkering activities and hand him over to the police for investigation and possible prosecution.

The Governor was quoted as saying;

Furthermore, the following persons who have been identified as kingpins of bunkering and illegal crude oil refining activities in their communities have been declared wanted and directed to report themselves to the State Police Command, to whom we have already passed their details to. 

Governor Wike said his government has also identified those behind illegal bunkering activities in Okrika communities, Port Harcourt Township, Rivers South-East and Rivers South-West Senatorial Districts, adding that their names would be soon published and declared wanted, if they fail to voluntarily report to the Police.

He urged residents of the State to report those involved in illegal crude oil refineries and other damnable activities to the State Task Forces which has already been set up at the State and Local Government levels for immediate action.

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