Activists in Delta State have accused Nigerian security agencies of destroying their environment and breaking the laws of the country by burning recovered crude, local refineries, seized barges, forest and bushes.
They cried that these security agents should be punished.
Sunday Vanguard reported that they also accused National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Agency, NESREA, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, of abandoning their duties.
Adding that, Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, boss, Mr. Eric Omare, and Comrade Austin Ozobo, National President of Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, among others, said :
“Specifically, the National Environmental (Control of Bush, Forest Fire, and Open Burning) Regulations, 2011 made pursuant to the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Agency (NESREA) Act 2007 outlaws the act of security agencies burning bush and forest in the name of destroying local refineries camps”,
Other laws such as the Oil in Navigable Waters Act prohibit the discharge of crude oil into the environment in addition to several other common law rules.”
According to the report, Omare said that most of the affected communities cannot fight for their rights but public intervention and advocacy groups will soon be used to fight for them.
Also speaking, Ozobo said that the unlawful practices have affected their rivers, making drinking water scarce, and fishing impossible.
He hailed the recent intervention of Delta State governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro.
The activists also complained bitterly of how the military dispose recovered fuels into their drainage causing fire outbreak in affected communities.