Former leader of the defunct Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, says oil theft fetches those who engage in it more money than they will see in drug trafficking.
Speaking on Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme on Friday, Dokubo claimed that those who steal oil in the Niger Delta make more money than going into drugs.
He also said racketeering had been going on at Forcados, Escravos, and Bonny terminals in the Niger Delta area.
He said,” Now I cannot say what officially happened at Forcados, at Escravos, at Bonny terminals; I cannot say because I don’t work in NNPC.
“Now I cannot say what officially happened at Forcados, at Escravos, at Bonny terminals; I cannot say because I don’t work in NNPC.
“But we know racketeering is going on there. We have seen it before. We have seen the destruction points on the pipeline and everything”
He also said there’s no way oil theft and bunkering will take place with the active involvement of persons in government.
“How can that happen without collusion? How will that happen without People colluding with them? That’s why the GMD of NNPC said his life is in danger. The life of everybody who comes out to confront them is in danger. It is people like us that are (gra gra people) that cannot do us anything. If you think you can come out to get me…oh sorry for you.
“So when GMD and some people are crying out saying my life is in danger, yes it’s true. Look, you make more money from stealing oil than going into drugs. So why? you do nothing, they just load oil,” he said.
Dokubo-Asari further added that the people from the region who are complicit in the act are being funded, in most cases, by outsiders, adding that they are not up to one percent of the population.