David Mark seeks death sentence for oil thieves

crude oil theft

The Nigerian Senate met with service chiefs over Islamist attacks in north.

The Senate President, David Mark, said on Wednesday that he will readily endorse a penalty of death for perpetrators of oil theft, commonly called bunkering, as four senate committees opened hearings on the Petroleum Industry Bill driving to overhaul the oil sector.

Mr. Mark’s comments came as senators, separately, held a six-hour closed door meeting with the service chiefs over escalating violence that has seen dozens killed within the past weeks, mainly in the northern states.

The meeting was attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, Rear admiral Ola Ibrahim, Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Azubuke ihejirika, Chief of Naval staff, Rear Admiral Dele Ezeobi, Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Alex Barde and the Director of the State Security Services, Ita Ekpenyong. The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, was absent.

Senate spokesperson, Enyinnaya Abaribe, said the talk was to know “what the problems are and also to be able to work with the security agencies to bring the very serious security problems we have to possible resolution.” He refused to provide further details of the briefing, and the senate’s position.

At the inauguration of a joint committee hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill, Mr. Mark accused “big men” in the country of sponsoring massive oil theft that has seen reasonable cuts in oil production levels.

He said oil theft was becoming a “major embarrassment” for the nation, and the PIB must be crafted to curb that.
“The bill must ensure that the current pace of oil theft is minimized to the barest minimum. It appears we are beginning to get bad names in the international community. Few individuals must not make us earn such bad names,” Mr. Mark said.

“The law must prescribe huge punishment that will serve as deterrent. If it will attract death penalty, I am ready for it, I will endorse it. Oil theft cannot be done with a tea cup, big men involved in it are powerful, it is unusual situation that requires unusual solution.”

Mr. Mark added that the bill be made to expand the frontier of oil exploration beyond the Niger Delta region, adding that by so doing, Nigeria’s economy will get a boost and incidences of agitation from various regions will be reduced.


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  • Paddy

    If you approves death penalty for oil thieves, what would you recommend for drug smugglers, corrupt politicians and public office holders who corruptly enrich themselves, clean up your mess in the senate and act for the common good of all Nigerians

    • aakpos1

      Please, pls & pls. It should be death sentence for corruption. Death sentence for anyone who has stolen public money or who has wealth much more than he can explain or much more than his income can explain.

      …any Govt official who has more than one property abroad should die by hanging!!!

      • Show Man

        i think David is doing better than others there.

  • Bala R

    Haba David Mark!

  • igbiki

    Those coming to equity must do so with clean hands.

    And I believe we should give all thieves the same treatment.

    If Mr Mark’s hands are clean, let him cast the first stone.

    But before casting the first stone, he shouldn’t forget his sleaze that is public knowledge and properties in Belize and other places acquired through stealing.

    So go on Mr Mark, make my day.

  • James

    Mad man! mr senate president, what is the diffrent between you and those vandals

  • Philemon A.

    Are these guys serious at all! Do they even hear the hue and cry going on in the streets of Nigeria.

  • Nigerian Fuckers thiefs

    Seriously, there is no difference between the david mark and the oil thiefs. Just that david mark steal in office and they vandal the pipeline

  • David Mark seeks death sentence for oil thieves.but there are other thieves in the north that are stealing us dry.

  • angryniger

    Whilst Oga at the Top Senate president is at it, they should also ensure death penalty for corruption, so over to you Oga Senate president

    • blogNaija

      the senate president should balance the sentence!