- General Jamil Sarhem has been accused by Governor Wike, of compromising security in Rivers state through illegal actions
- Wike wondered what the JTF Operation Delta Safe would do when they encounter the illegal oil bunkering team of the GOC
- According to the governor, the GOC will compromise when fighting to reduce crime
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has indicted the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarhem, of promoting oil theft in the Niger Delta region.
The governor on Wednesday, May 15, made the allegation when he played host to the commander Joint Task Force (JTF), “Operation Delta Safe, Real Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade during a courtesy visit to the State House.
In a statement by his personal assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakudu, Wike said: “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.”
The governor wondered what the JTF Operation Delta Safe would do when they encounter the illegal oil bunkering team of the GOC.
He recalled how the people of the state bravely stopped the GOC and his accomplices from imposing a governor during the elections.
“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."
Governor Wike assured the visiting JTF Commander that the state will support their operations to ensure that they defend the Niger Delta, especially the state.
He said: “Anybody who wants to help us fight crime, I will support. I will never support those involved in illegal refineries.”
Recall that Legit.ng reported that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, blamed the violence and banditry in the country on the embittered politicians who lost in the last general elections.
Buratai said this on Wednesday, May 15, during the visit paid to the Army by thee House of Representatives Committee at the military’s Headquarters of the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya in Maiduguri, Bornu state.
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