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“We Are Buying Gunboats For Navy To Tackle Crime, Oil Thieves In Rivers” – Governor Wike

Wike said anyone who sabotage government’s effort to eliminate oil bunkering should be brought to justice.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has revealed his administration has given necessary support to security agencies, particularly the Nigerian Navy, by providing six gunboats to secure the waterways in the state.

"We Are Buying Gunboats For Navy To Tackle Crime, Oil Thieves In Rivers" – Governor Wike 1

Wike disclosed this on Monday when participants of the Naval Warfare College Course Four paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He appealed to security agencies to ensure that those who sabotage the government’s effort to eliminate bunkering are brought to justice.

“We are also procuring more gunboats for the Navy to fight pipeline vandalism and oil bunkering in the State.

“The issue of security should not be politicised as crime and criminality is not synonymous to a particular state.

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“No Country or State can say that they do not have insecurity. Here in the State because we are working in synergy with security agencies, insecurity has reduced.

“Let me appeal that the efforts you put in to apprehend those who attack your personnel should also be applied to prosecute those who affect our economy,” he said.

Governor Wike noted that bunkering which affects the socio-economic development of the country negatively, should not be allowed to thrive.

KanyiDaily had also reported that Governor Wike presented 15 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado jeeps to lawmakers representing the state at the National Assembly and urged them to defend the interest of the state in the discharge of their duties.

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