The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to put more effort into their operations to bring to an end the activities of illegal oil bunkers in Ogun State.
The students, under the auspices of the NANS Joint Campus Committee (JCC) Ogun axis and National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS), said they are appalled by the boldness of illegal bunkers to move subsidised petroleum products in tankers to other countries via the porous border areas around Ogun State.
NANS disclosed on Thursday in Abuja in a statement jointly signed by Comrade Damilola Simeon Kehinde, Chairman, NANS JCC/Ogun axis and Comrade Ogunrombi Gbemileke, National President, NAOSS.
The students’ body said it would maintain its resoluteness in speaking against aberrations and any development that is inconsistent with the communal values or detrimental to the sustainability of collective existence.
The statement read in part: “The illegal bunkers who are now having a field day and carrying out their criminal activities without fear are effectively throwing the nation into further financial gloom as Nigeria continues to lose about $700M monthly to the villainous actions of crude oil illegal bunkers.
“At this crucial time when decisive steps are being taken in the best interest of our dear country, NSCDC Commandant General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi should ensure that his men are responsible to their responsibilities by setting up a special independent investigation panel to holistically analyse the modus operandi of Ogun State command and determine the appropriate punitive measures to mete out to them as Nigeria cannot afford to condone waste in any way.”
The statement further commended the Nigeria Customs Service, Ogun State Command, for its undaunted ability to secure the State’s borders, despite limited resources at its disposal.