Prominent civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), backed human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) that there is a deliberate attempt to cover up the involvement of military personnel in the serious crime of oil theft.
HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, described as sacrilegious, contemptible and scandalous, the justification of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, over the destruction of a vessel loaded with stolen crude oil in Niger Delta area.
Besides, HURIWA has called for a probe of a viral video in which a private jet purportedly belonging to the British businessman was seen flying out in a crudely constructed airport deep inside the Zamfara Gold filled Forests with what were believed Gold haulage stolen from Zamfara State just as the Rights group wondered why the Federal Government did not inform Nigerians why it ordered a no fly zone in Zamfara state a year ago even when it is clear that there is no airport in Zamfara state.
HURIWA said the massive looting of Gold solid minerals from Zamfara State should be investigated by an independent judicial panel.
The group also called for the constitution of a judicial panel of inquiry on the oil bunkering vessel set ablaze by security agents after the vessel was arrested by a private pipeline surveillance team, Tantita Security Services led by a former militant leader, Government Ekpemepulo, popularly known as Tompolo.