Niger Delta activists react to NNPC claim on smuggling PMS

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The Niger Delta Activists Forum has expressed dismay over NNPC’s recent declaration of one hundred and three million (103m) litres of premium motor spirit (PMS) smuggled daily across the borders.

In a press release issued signed by Comrade Success Jack (National President, NDAF), Comrade Tamunotonye Saturday (National Organising Secretary NDAF) and Comrade Manson Boma Kelly Dickson (National Director, Administration NDAF), on Monday, the group aver that the revelation is unsubstantiated and very dubious.

The statement is as follows: “It is both shocking and disturbing, the recent trend of events and revelations made by the Group Managing Director NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari on the sharp, sudden and very dramatic rise of our national daily consumption volume of premium motor spirit (PMS) across the country.

“Mele Kyari had declared that the daily average consumption of premium motor spirit in Nigeria had mysteriously, jumped from an already suspicious, troublesome, unsubstantiated and very dubious figure of sixty (60) million litres per day to a whopping one hundred and three million (103m) litres per day. Adding an enigmatic forty-three million litres from nowhere. Nothing in this world can explain this illogic.

“It is further rivetting, for Nigerians to be treated to another show of shame by the Mallam Mele Kyari led NNPC, by convoking and drafting in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Department of State Service (DSS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC) to cement and give credence to a grand scheme of calculated misinformation and fraud, via an anti-petroleum products smuggling pact christened ‘Operation white’.

“You would recall that the NNPC in the month of April 2021, reported zero remittance to the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) owing to unsustainable subsidy payment, even with the geometrical rise in global oil price, which should have occasioned declaration of huge profits.

“With Oil price at $75 dollars per barrel and still rising, the only drama, though lame is to cook up the excuse of cross border smuggling which doesn’t add up.

“May we humbly at this juncture, crave the indulgence of all Nigerians for a little interrogation of the facts and figures?

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