Nigeria’s fiery activist lawyer, Festus Keyamo in a recent interview on ChannelsTV has directly accused the Nigerian top leadership in the billions of dollars oil theft crises in the Niger Delta.
The national loses from oil theft rose from 10,000 barrels a day to 100,000 in loses during the past five years of the current Jonathan administration, with Nigeria becoming a world high-sea piracy capital and devastating, deadly pollution to the riverine areas of the oil-rich Niger-Delta.
An estimated 4 billion dollars is stolen annually in high sea oil theft loses/sales.
The lawyer stated that it is impossible for such big level theft operations to continue to happen with the Federal government not involved as the coastal waters are manned by the Nigerian navy and other security outfits and also the SSS and other agencies are there to expose these rackets.
A friend and ally of the President and militant leader, Government Tompolo was in 2012 awarded billions of naira contract by Jonathan for 20 navy vessels to ‘secure’ the Niger-Delta waterways.
He explained that the oil is not stolen in jerry-cans but rather in ships and barges which cannot possibly load and escape without the security operatives under the Federal government knowing about them.
Nigeria’s oil theft is at the highest level in years according to recent reports: See: Aljazeera- Nigeria oil theft at highest level in years
Attorney Keyamo accused this corruption in high places and government collaborated oil theft and economic looting to be the reason and means of funding terror plaguing the nation, Boko Haram in the north and other deadly terror devastating the nation.
He accused the government of complicity for claiming to be unable to check terror killing thousands for so long with the government claiming to be helpless in checking the crises.
He said it is impossible and denounced the Presidency for asking Nigerians to stand behind the government that has failed to check these menaces for the past six years. “Stand behind you how,” Festus Keyamo exclaimed; when there is no reciprocal action on the part of the government.
“Stand behind you until they kill me? When this has been happening unchecked consistently for six years and people are dying with no practical effort to stop it. And all the government does is each time repeat photocopy statements promising action, which never happens.”
Judgment of the Federal High Court in the case of Festus Keyamo Vs. President and 4 others declared army chiefs’ appointments null and void
Festus Keyamo is recognized as the attorney that got the government to sack the former army chief, General Azubuike Ihejirika accused of being a Boko Haram sponsor. Festus Keyamo took the government to court and won a judgement on the illegality of Ihejirika’s entire tenure for his appointment not having been approved by the Nigerian Senate, necessitating the sack of the army chief this January within a court ordered two week ultimatum.