Ex-Governor Dickson of Bayelsa Unveils Identities Of Nigeria’s Oil Thieves


Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Seriake Dickson has said that some very important personalities (VIPs) based in Lagos and the nation’s capital, Abuja, are behind Nigeria’s oil theft in the Niger Delta region.

This was as he canvassed for a global consensus that would make the international community reject stolen crude oil from Nigeria.

Dickson also called for strong political will on the part of the federal government at all levels to stop oil theft even as he said that the official system and oil companies are also beneficiaries of oil theft in the Niger Delta.

The Senator representing Bayelsa West in the National Assembly, noted that there is an absence of national values which emboldened some people to use the nation’s resources for selfish gains.

Dickson, who stated these when he featured on Channels Television on Friday, particularly said that the official system is not ignorant and not innocent of the stealing of the nation’s oil.

In his words; “The official security system, the official oil system, the official federal system, all of it in its entirety. It’s a powerful system.

“Why should a country like Nigeria that has been producing oil, exporting oil for the past 70 years not have a scientific way of metering, recording what leaves, what is pumped, what is sold and what is not sold?

“And it’s deliberate. It’s not a Niger Delta thing. It’s just happening there and it is unfortunate that it has destroyed communities because there is too much illegal money, illegal arms, illicit drugs which have fueled cultism because people want to get the loyalties of young people to be able to hold territories where oil facilities are.

“They need weapons and young men that are always high on drugs. You think a man who slaughters and cuts off a man’s head and dismember him is normal? So, those are people who are actively on drugs,” he stressed.

Oil theft has existent in Nigeria for years with volumes of oil being lifted in the oil sector without being accounted for.

A conservative figure states that about 108,000 barrels of crude are allegedly stolen on daily basis in the country just as the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) which Nigeria is a member estimates that the country loses more 2.3 million barrels monthly, amounting to over $1 billion per month.

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