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Should Buhari Cancel Multi-Billion Naira Pipeline Protection Contract Given to Ex-Militant Tompolo?



The Civil Society Network Against Corruption,CSNAC has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately revoke the multi-billion Naira pipeline protection and waterways security contract awarded to a company linked to ex-Niger Delta warlord Ekpemupolo, who is also known as Tompolo.
In a statement, the group said it was unfortunate that despite the huge amount of money the immediate past administration expended on the contract yearly, the water ways are still largely insecure and thousands of barrels of crude oil are still lost daily in oil theft and pipeline vandalisation.

According to Premium Times, Global West Vessel Specialist Agency Ltd, a company linked to Tompolo, secured the $103 million contract during the Goodluck Jonathan administration. Tompolo was one of the Niger Delta militants who accepted the Nigerian government’s amnesty programme in 2010. The contract and other similar ones given to Global West and other companies linked to the ex-militants has raised controversy since they were made public. The ex-militants had threatened mass violence if Mr. Jonathan, who is also from the Niger Delta region, was not re-elected president, but later backed down from the threat.

The chairman of CSNAC, Olanrewaju Suraju, said there could be no justification for the newly inaugurated Buhari administration to continue the contract when more crude oil has been lost to pirates and other oil thieves since the contract was awarded.

“As a matter of fact, crude oil theft increased from 250,000 barrels/day before the contract to 400,000 barrels/day since the ceding of Nigeria’s territorial water to a private company without any record of experience in similar service,” he said.

In view of this, don't  you think the federal government should cancel the pipeline protection contract awarded to this militant?

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