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El-rufai slams SERAP, likens them to clowns

El-rufai SERAP

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, has likened the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, to clowns.

This was after the group stated that it was suing President Muhammadu Buhari after the discovery of illegal oil pipelines in the Niger Delta.

SERAP tweeted, “BREAKING: We’re suing the Buhari administration over the discovery of illegal oil pipelines, to compel it to name those responsible for the plundering of the country’s oil wealth, bring them to justice, and recover the proceeds of crime.”

Reacting, El-rufai stated that Buhari ought to have recognised the group as a congregation of clowns.

He tweeted, “@SERAPNigeria PMB should have given you guys the first-in-history national honor of GCBBFR – Grand Clowns and Body-Bodies of the Federal Republic!! Your thoughtless words and ineffective actions have earned the recognition!!”

Meanwhile, the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Ltd., Mele Kyari, has said investigations will be conducted concerning the discovered illegal oil pipelines.

Kyari said, “The illegal attachments on the Trans Escravos pipeline is professionally done and the end result is that they connected this to an inactive pipeline which should not carry crude in a normal instance.

“And we have seen that this line flow all the way parallel to the two other active Trans Escravos pipelines. And this is a good revelation.

“That is why the Chief of Defence Staff has said very clearly that an extensive investigation will be conducted. Anyone involved in this matter, either from the host community, community contractors, government security agencies, workers of the oil companies including NNPC and Shell. Anyone that is involved in this will be dealt with by the law.

“We are presently getting massive support from the intervention of the government security agencies notably the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Army, the NSCDC, etc as we have seen massive campaign in this regard as coordinated by the Chief of Defence Staff. The intervention is really paying off.”

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