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. Read more