TWO FERTILISER COMPANIES ACCUSED OF SABOTAGING NATIONAL SECURITY OVER EXPLOSIVES USED BY INSURGENTS

The National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno, has accused two of the country’s foremost fertilizer manufacturers – Notore Petrochemical and Indorama Eleme Petrochemical – of sabotaging national security and the economy by being conduits through which insurgents, especially Boko Haram terrorists and Niger Delta militants, obtain explosive materials in order to wreck havoc across the country.

This is just as the Nigerian security and intelligence agencies have made a major breakthrough in tracking the source of explosives used by the Niger Delta militants to blow up oil pipelines and facilities with the arrest of several suspects, including five security personnel.
Monguno made this startling revelation yesterday when he met with representatives of local manufacturers of fertilizer.DSS

Monguno warned that the federal government would no longer tolerate a situation whereby the security and economy of the country are threatened by the “unpatriotic” actions of the fertilizer companies, warning that his office will shut them down should the alleged acts of sabotage continue.

The visibly angry NSA, who did not entertain any explanation from the companies, also read the riot act to any company or individual engaged in economic, business or commercial activities linked to dissident groups operating within and outside the country.

He said: “I must say at this point that the goodwill shown by the government of this country should not be taken for granted. The fact that we are in a difficult and complicated situation in terms of our economy and security, does not mean that companies and individuals with vested interests should take the goodwill of this country for granted.

“The president came to power with a specific mandate, which is clear to all Nigerians and indeed the international community. We will view with very serious consequences whatever any company does to fall out of line and behave in a manner that will bring to its knees the economy of this country and indeed the security of this country.

“Like I said we will not hesitate and it is an action that will be taken with immediate effect. It is also important for us to also know that the local farmers are suffering in all communities all over the country.”
Monguno also revealed that the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the entire intelligence community had discovered that the improvised explosive devices (EIDs) deployed by terrorists for their bombing campaigns were developed mainly from certain grades of fertilizer with particular reference to some nitrate based types including urea nitrate (synthesized from urea).

He explained that it was the discovery that the indiscriminate importation of urea nitrate by all and sundry, resulting in lack of control and ease in its availability to the terrorists, militants and other mischievous elements for use to perpetuate acts of violence that necessitated the licensing of only the two companies (Indorama and Notore) by the federal government to operate in the country.

He also noted that ONSA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development facilitated the necessary importation of raw materials and also secured distribution networks, which was “aimed at solving the national security problem, on the one hand, by easing control of the items, and on the other hand, boosting the economy by encouraging local production”.

Against this backdrop, Monguno said that the cumulative annual production of the two companies was estimated at 2.05 million metric tonnes, while Nigeria’s estimated consumption rate is 1.1 million metric tonnes, which is 53 percent of production and “opportunity to cumulatively export about 47 percent of their production”.
Monguno, however, noted that ONSA “has observed with total dismay some unpatriotic acts and abuse of the goodwill of government”, saying that “reports of activities of these companies have indicated that about 71 percent of the 2.05 million tonnes cumulative annual production is being exported at the detriment of our national economy”.

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