* But thieves, militants, illegal refiners still trouble BUA
By Pita Omon (Crime Editor)
One vessel has already called at Berth 8 in Port Harcourt port belonging to BUA Terminal Services Limited which had been shut down since 2019. More vessels are said to be on the way for berthing, according to BUA officials.
The hint came on Thursday, June 18, 2020, when the new Commissioner of Police (Eastern Ports Command), Rivers-born Tami Evelyn Peterside, paid a working visit to top facilities at the Rivers Port.
This as it has been revealed that thieves, militants and illegal refiners are giving worries to BUA at the port.
The General Manager, Ibrahim Lily, also said with the resolving of the issue between the FG (actually the NPA) and BUA, more activities are expected to kick-start in the company.
Already, according to him, Barths 5, 6, and 7 have been operational; the Barth 8 has just been given operational approval by the Federal Government and that same week, their first vessel arrived.
The General Manager informed the Police boss that the company has coal which is transported to power their plant in Sokoto State.
On theft and other crimes, he said the stealing and cutting away of iron works under the deck of Berth 8 in Port Harcourt which led to the decommissioning of Birth 8 has continued. This was same issue that led to the decommissioning of the berth.
The GM, in welcoming the new CP said; “The activities of these community youths, those who come to steal equipment, and the activities of those in illegally refined petroleum products, have been a source of concern to BUA.”
He appealed to the CP to intensify effort to deal with the situation. He said most times these militants come with their boats and welding equipment to vandalize metals, rods, etc, which they sell to the pre-arranged buyers.
The police boss also visited Dangote Group where the Operations Manager, an engineer, Baba Ibrahim, commended the CP for the visit and wants more of such visits to prevent crime within their complex.
Baba also commended the police for their prompt response to the company each time the need arises.
In all, CP Peterside assured both managements of BUA and Dangote not to see her as a woman but as someone capable of dealing ruthlessly with any individual or group that would try to create security breaches not only within the Port Harcourt port but the entire Eastern Ports Command.
Hear her; “Please you people should not see me as a woman but call on me at any time of the day, l will respond accordingly”. The visit continues.