Chairman of Emuoha Local Government Area, Chidi Lloyd, says “kpofire” operators commonly known as illegal oil refiners should be charged as terrorists as their operations cause harm to the environment and human lives.
Lloyd made the assertion while reacting to the death of three persons at an illegal oil dump in the LGA on Tuesday.
The council boss, who commiserated with the families of the deceased, lamented that people now engage in oil bunkering activities with impunity.
Lloyd stated that he had in the past chased those who engage in such activity away from the area, but they kept coming back.
He added that the matter had been reported to the Garrison Commander of the area, about his men who allegedly aide the bunkerers, but he denied their involvement.
Lloyd pleaded with security operatives to arrest those involved in order to put an end to the menace.