Niger Delta militants, particularly those from Bayelsa and Rivers State threaten to deal with “Timipre Sylva” over pipeline surveillance contract awarded to WANTED Tompolo
Niger Delta militants, particularly those from Bayelsa and Rivers State have accused the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva of causing disaffection in Ijaw land by causing confusion among host communities for his own selfish interest.
The recent pipeline surveillance contract worth N4 billion naira awarded to a former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo, otherwise known as Tompolo, by the Nigerian National Petroleum Limited is the bone of contention.
Giving the contract to Tompolo has caused disaffection among several militant groups including groups outside of the Niger Delta.
ZOLEXREPORTERS had earlier reported that a northern group, the Amalgamated Arewa Youth Groups, coalition of 225 youth groups from the 19 northern states and Abuja, had kicked against the contract and issued a seven day ultimatum to the Federal Government and the NNPC to revoke the contract or they will be forced to either protest or take legal action.
The group also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack both Sylva and the Director, Upstream of the NNPC LTD, Adokiye Tombomelye, for promoting ethnic and regional interest as well as the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari, for using his office to allegedly reward criminality.
In a viral video, the militants from Rivers and Bayelsa State held a meeting and came up with the following resolutions:
That NTCL line has over 90 kilometers with 83 kilometers passing through a particular community and rather than give the surveillance contract to a member of the community, the contracts was given to someone else from another community.
They inferred that the surveillance contract could have been given to either Alhaji Asari Dokubo or Chief Tom Ateke, both former militants, but they were denied the contract (unjustly).
“Even if the leaders accept it, I will not accept it,” General Sempe, the leader of the militant group in the viral video said emphatically.
“You tried it in oil and gas, you succeeded, we did not talk to you.
“You think we are David Lyon (the former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 Bayelsa gubernatorial election) who you took into politics and after he lost his election, you took over his contract and gave it to your brother Kojo so that you will be getting cuts from the contract, it will not happen this time.
“If you try it, we will swallow you. If you people think you can go ahead with your contract, come, go ahead and try it and you will see that 5he end justifies the means. If you do not give the contract to the original indigenes of the community, the contract will not work.
“It is not as if we don’t know what you are up to but hear it, NNPC, federal government, it won’t work,” General Sempe concluded.
Reiterating Sempe’s threat, another member of the group launched into the local Ijaw dialect to drive home their point.