Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting
MAVERICK Niger Delta leader, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, says the Nigerian military is behind 99 per cent of oil theft in the country.
Dokubo made the accusation after a tete-a-tete with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his office in Abuja, on Friday.
Dokubo said there were powerful cabals operating from Abuja, vowing that the powerful forces in place have now met their match and many people would soon be marching to Kuje prisons.
He said he has volunteered to engage his boys to assist and do the necessary to end the evil.
The former militant leader argued that ordinary Niger Delta citizens, who are often blamed for oil theft, are not responsible.
He said that they did not have the wherewithal to perform such sophisticated act of stealing.
According to him, the manner in which the oil thieves have gone about their criminal activities has stripped the people of the Niger Delta of their livelihood, and it is a crime against humanity.
Dokubo also alleged that it is an act of blackmail for the military to say that they have insufficient armaments to deal with insecurity.
He accused them of forfeiting their weapons to the insurgents, thereby fuelling the insurgency.
Authorities of the Nigerian military are yet to respond to the allegations.
Recall that in October last year, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, had vowed to investigate oil theft activities in the Niger Delta.
General Irabor made the vow when he, alongside the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, visited scene of the illegal insertions at the Trans-Escravos pipeline in the Yokiri area of Delta State.