Daniel Kanu

The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations has kicked against attempt by some groups to blackmail the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Engr Gbenga Komolafe.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, today, Monday 22nd April, the head of the coalition, Comrade Shima Loremikan, said the latest campaign of calumny and blackmail against Engr Komolafe is reprehensible and must be condemned in the strongest terms.

Loremikan said the allegations of compromising marginal fields bid round of 13 oil fields are baseless.

Pàrt óf the statement by the group delivered by Loremikan reads : “We condemned deplorable attempt by some elements, within the Civil Society, acting under the guise of Civil Society Situation Room, to once again, engage in unprofessional action and misconduct that negates society advancement.

“An unjust attack on the person and office of the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) Engr Gbenga Komolafe, is uncalled for.

“The situation room in the civil society space is known in Nigeria and beyond to be deeply concern with electoral and elections matters not oil and gas.

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“However, our attention has been drawn to a baseless allegations regarding compromised marginal fields bid round of 13 oil fields and undermining signature bonus of the federation in the Nigerian petroleum upstream sector have been leveled against the NUPRC boss by these individuals, whose main intention, is only known to them.

“At best to embarrass and distract the headship and arrow head of NUPRC. We wish to categorically state that the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations is fully aware that, some of those behind this nefarious attempt do not belong to any credible organization, nor are they recognized within the genuine civil society community in Nigeria.

“Their actions are not representative of the values and principles upheld by legitimate civil society organizations in our country.

“We, therefore, call upon the relevant security agencies to swiftly intervene and investigate the purported planned protest against the NUPRC boss.

“It is imperative to probe the roles of these restless, activists who are orchestrating this malicious plot to tarnish the reputation of a public servant. Justice must prevail, and those responsible for this attempted extortion must be held accountable under the law.

“The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations wants to make it unequivocally clear that we will not tolerate the attempts by these fraudulent individuals to discredit the genuine civil society movement in Nigeria.

“We remain steadfast in our commitment to upholding integrity, transparency, and accountability in all spheres of governance.”