09 June 2018, Sweetcrude, Warri, Delta state — Youths under the aegis of Niger Delta Ethnic Nationalities Youth Leaders Council, have accused the Joint Task Force, JTF, of allegedly promoting illegal bunkering activities
President Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Mr Oweilaemi Pereotubo who read an address by the group in Warri, Delta state, alleged that the JTF now known as Operation Delta Safe, connive with oil thieves and their foreign collaborators to siphon the nation’s crude overseas, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari should commence an immediate probe of the security body under its present commander, Rear Admiral Suleiman Apochi.
No officer of the security body was ready to comment on the allegation when contacted. Meantime, the youths alleged that Bille community in Rivers state, Nembe in Bayelsa were several communities on the waterways where the illegal bunkering activities were allegedly thriving
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the international community to probe the activities of the JTF. We also call on the President to review the current structure of the JTF operations in the region with the view of strengthening it to serve its original purpose,” the group said.