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General News of Thursday, 15 September 2022


Pipelines Surveillance Contract: Niger Delta militants at war

Tompolo and Alhaji Asari Dokubo Tompolo and Alhaji Asari Dokubo

A war is brewing between the military leaders of the Niger-Delta region over the N4.5 billion monthly pipeline surveillance contract awarded to former leader of Movement for the Emancipation of Niger-Delta, MEND, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, by the Federal Government.

However, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, has alleged that Tompolo refused to involve him and other ex-militant leaders in a $144 million coastal protection contract ex-President Goodluck Jonathan gave to all of them whiles in office.

Dokubo who is the leader of Niger-Delta People’s Volunteer Force, NDPVF, has verbally attacked Tompolo since the Federal Government, through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited, NNPCL, awarded the pipeline surveillance contract to Tompolo and other contractors in the Niger-Delta.

Following the recent incident, Commander of defunct MEND, Victor-Ben Ebikabowei, aka Boyloaf, and other ex-militant leaders and stakeholders of the Niger Delta, have called out Dokubo over his attacks against Tompolo.

The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, the South-South regional group, and Ijaw National Congress, INC, the umbrella socio-cultural body of Ijaw ethnic nationality in the Niger Delta, had also shared their thoughts about the matter.

This comes after the Niger Delta activist and Itsekiri leader, Chief Rita-Lori Ogbebor, yesterday cautioned the Federal Government to withdraw the pipeline contract awarded to Tompolo in other not to create confusion among the military leaders.

However, the Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, a rights group in Niger-Delta, yesterday, urged the Federal Government to ignore Lori-Ogbebor's comment to revoke the pipeline surveillance contract awarded Tompolo.

Defunct MEND commander, Boyloaf, who spoke for other ex-militant leaders had said on Tuesday, “I condemn the attack on Tompolo by Dokubo-Asari. This is unacceptable and unexpected of a leader of his calibre.

"He is qualified for the contract and Dokubo-Asari did not oppose when somebody else from Edo State, the late Capt Hosa Okunbo did a similar contract in Rivers. His company still operates in Rivers.”


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