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Falana: It’s Criminal For Soldiers To Burn Vessels Containing Stolen Crude Oil by Iyke1998(m): 5:53pm On Oct 17, 2022


Human Rights Activist, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), on Sunday said the burning of a vessel loaded with stolen crude oil by the military in the Niger Delta last week was an attempt to cover up a crime.
The vessel in question was reportedly arrested by a newly-contracted private pipeline surveillance team, Tantita Security Services led by a former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, known as Tompolo.

But the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor had said that the swift destruction of the oil bunkering vessel by the criminal suspects was in line with the rules of engagement.
“There are various approaches, various solutions to a problem and at any time based on certain factors, certain considerations available to those that are at the frontline, actions are taken based on the directive which are contained in the rules of engagement,” he had contended.

But the senior lawyer stated that it was a trite law that only the Federal High Court was empowered to order the interim or final forfeiture of any vessel that was used for conveying stolen crude oil.
According to him, the burning of the vessel was a deliberate attempt to cover up the involvement of military personnel in the serious crime of oil theft as there was no provision in the rules of engagement that authorises military personnel or security operatives to set fire to or destroy vessels loaded with stolen crude.
“Indeed, the Chief of Defence Staff is not unaware that under the service law, the burning of a ship or vessel by a military personnel is a serious offence which attracts life imprisonment without an option of fine,” he stated.

Quoting section 111 of the Armed Forces Act, he argued that a person subject to service law under the Act who wilfully or maliciously sets fire to a public building, dwelling house, an office or any structure whatsoever or any vessel, ship, aircraft, railway track or wagon, or vehicle is guilty of arson and liable, on conviction by a court-martial, to imprisonment for life.
“In view of the gravity of the offence that is being covered up by the military oligarchy, General Irabor ought to resign his appointment to prevent the sabotage of the ongoing operations designed to expose the perpetrators of oil theft in the Niger Delta region.
“If the General decides not to call it quits, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari should not hesitate to fire him. After all, by authorising the engagement of non-state actors to carry out the constitutional duties of the armed forces, the president has lost confidence in the leadership of the armed forces.
“Furthermore, the president should order the Chief of Army Staff to ensure the immediate arrest of the military personnel who set the vessel on fire with a view to charging them with arson and allied offences before a court martial,” he stated.

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Re: Falana: It’s Criminal For Soldiers To Burn Vessels Containing Stolen Crude Oil by Revolution2022(m): 6:30pm On Oct 17, 2022
The Nigerian military comprising the navy, airforce,army and ncdc that formed the JTF have been patrolling the waterways for many years.They claimed to have destroyed materials used by oil bunkering in the Niger Delta.Meanwhile,they couldn't arrest a big crude oil vessel that came into Nigeria and steal crude oil.
The JTF has not also raise an alarm over the illegal pipelines that were connected to the shell pipelines to divert crude oil.And we claim to have the best military in Africa.

They will arrest motorboys and driver and parade them as crude oil thieves.What about their oga who are military generals and navy commodore?
Ragtag military.
Re: Falana: It’s Criminal For Soldiers To Burn Vessels Containing Stolen Crude Oil by Kyase(m): 6:36pm On Oct 17, 2022
This Yoruba lawyer with fish brain sef
He talks too much abeg

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