Al-Bashir affiliates seeking to sabotage oilfields in Sudan

Ex-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

January 27th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – Affiliates of ex-Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir are seeking to sabotage oil production in the country’s restive region of Darfur and West Kordofan, a senior Sudanese government official said.

“We received (security) reports that some members of the ousted al-Bashir’s regime plan to damage oil production areas by causing a rift between the local tribes in those areas,” said Hamid Suleiman the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Mining in statements to told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

Suleiman further revealed that the coalition government in Khartoum has taken the necessary measures to prevent such schema. He added that a security committee monitors the oil facilities to avoid any sabotage and inspect the oil fields regularly.

He said the committee monitoring the oilfields includes members of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), the Central Reserve Forces (CRF) and the General Intelligence Service (GIS) adding that an additional force was recently installed in oilfields in the two regions.

This came after a mutiny in the capital Khartoum in which members of the Operation Corps established by al-Bashir belonging to the General Intelligence seeking to resist reforms.

The senior government official said the government was working on two levels to prevent any troubles that may cause damage to the fields.

“The first is the local component as we are working with the youth and local leaders in the fields’ areas to meet their demands and to provide necessary services. The second is to enhance the security of oil facilities”.

He further pointed to the ongoing coordination between all relevant ministries and security authorities to contain all crises in the oil fields.

Earlier this month, Minister of Energy and Mining, Adel Ali Ibrahim, said the security situation of the oil areas is calm and stable. He said the mutinous elements had sought to take the control of oil facilities in Darfur and Kordofan production’s areas.

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