The Petroleum and Pure Fuel Senior Employees Affiliation of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has reacted to the arrest of a few of its members by Rivers State Authorities stressing they’ve damaged no legislation.
The group in an announcement by its Exxon Mobil department on Friday known as on all stakeholders to prevail on the Rivers State Authorities to instantly launch the detained staff.
The assertion, which was signed by each PENGASSAN Chairman and Secretary, Razaq Obe, and Kingsley Udoidua, famous that their staff are a part of the important staff exempted by the Federal Authorities from COVID-19 restriction, therefore their arrest is prohibited.
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“Recall the Federal Authorities of Nigeria exempted oil and fuel staff on important service from COVID-19 restrictions in Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Lagos State and Ogun State.
“The identical was mirrored in numerous communications from Rivers State authorities which have permitted unfettered actions of different IOCs’ important service personnel and demanding supplies.
“We condemn the continued detention of the 21 members of our Union who stake the whole lot to provide the oil the nation is determined by for survival. We name on all stakeholders to prevail on the federal government of Rivers State to finish this most disagreeable drama. Our members have damaged no legislation,” the assertion learn partly.
Narrating the incident resulting in the arrest of the oil staff, the group within the assertion claimed that the employees had been forcefully detained and assaulted.
“At about three:30pm on Thursday April 16, 2020, Rivers State Commissioner of Police along with his group and a prime Military commander intercepted the convoy (protected by the police) conveying 21 ExxonMobil personnel who’re PENGASSAN members on their approach to Intels, Port Harcourt, at Bori (Akwa Ibom/Rivers boundary).
“The commissioner rebuffed all explanations and compelled them to maneuver to Elekaya Stadium, Port Harcourt, the place they’ve been detained, verbally assaulted and starved.
“The unique pretext for sending them to the stadium was to check for COVID-19 however there was no such chance on the location; it’s a building website. They moderately served them papers to write down statements,” the group added.
PENGASSAN within the assertion additionally condemned Rivers State authorities for turning the worldwide effort to tame COVID-19 to a software of muscle-flexing and petty oppression of oilfield staff.
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike had earlie on Friday introduced the arrest of 22 Exxon Mobil staff for coming into the state from Akwa Ibom state in violation of government order limiting motion on account of COVID-19 pandemic.