The Coalition of Niger Delta Civil Society activists and the Niger Delta environmental protection group on Friday protested in Abuja, calling for the removal of the Commander of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in the Niger Delta, Suleman Apochi.
The protesters, comprising of men and women from the region accused Mr Apochi of aiding fraudulent oil bunkering in the region, sabotage of the region’s economy, vandalisation of oil facilities as well as stealing, hence their demand for his immediate removal.
Joint Co-ordinator of the group, Tochukwu Ohazuruike, while addressing the media said they group will take a protest match to the Defence Headquarters and the Force Headquarters where they would lay their grievances to both the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
According to the group, the JTF Commander is now known as Commander of Bunkering in Nigeria.
The protesters said Apochi is not working alone as he has a worthy lieutenant in the person of one Dagogo Gilbert.
“Dagogo Gilbert is the key man that collects money for Apochi Suleman, if this man is arrested everything about him (Suleman) will be exposed,” a source close to the group told HEADLINE.
They carried placards bearing different inscriptions such as:”Please Save Nigerian Economy from the hands of Apochi and his oil bunkerer friends; EFCC please save Niger Delta and arrest Chief Bunkerer of Nigeria Apochi Sulaiman and his bribe collector, Dagogo Gilbert; Apochi sabotaging the Chief of Defence Staff Anti-vandalism and Bunkering Programme in the Niger Delta among others.