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The Niger Delta People Own Crude Oil, Not Everyone- Asari Dokubo

Crude oil belongs to the people of the Niger Delta region, not to all of Nigeria, according to Mujahid Asari Dokubo, a former Niger Delta warlord and the founder of the Niger-Delta People Volunteer Force, NDPVF.
This was said by the former militant leader in an interview with Arise TV about the need to stop the rising crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region.
Mele Kyari, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Business (NNPC) Limited, had claimed on Tuesday that the company had discovered a nine-year-old illegal oil connection from the Forcados Terminal.
Crude oil belongs to the region and not Nigeria and that the Nigerian government had treated the Niger Delta’s residents unfairly in managing the oil problem, Dokubo asserted.
He declared, “You can’t starve a people, damage their environment, and then expect them to stand by and do nothing. To change the narrative in the Niger Delta, there must be a strong desire.
The lack of that will prevents us from altering the attitude that the oil belongs to everyone. No, not everyone has ownership of it.
These things exist on the people’s land, and oil extraction has an impact on their economic operations. The environment is impacted. The people’s morale is impacted.
“You brought foreign employees. After doing all kinds of things, they go. Therefore, there must be a desire to address these disparities and injustices that have occurred in the oil sector. This tale of trying to stop oil theft won’t be successful unless we do this.

Nigeria has seen increased oil theft in recent years. The NNPC said earlier that the country loses 470,000 barrels of crude oil monthly to oil theft, amounting to $700 million.

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The federal government in its recent draft fiscal strategy paper for 2023 through 2025 said that oil revenue underperformed due to significant production shortfalls such as shut-ins resulting from pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft.

In a bid to curb crude theft, the Nigerian government launched an application in August to monitor the incidence. The NNPC awarded a multi-billion naira pipeline surveillance procurement to a former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta,  Government Ekpemupolo well known as Tompolo.

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