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Buhari may cancel OPC, Tompolo pipeline contracts

It seems the incoming President Muhammadu Buhari may not be predisposed to having civilians carry out the job of the security agencies by the contract awarded certain groups to secure oil pipeline and waterways.

Just before the presidential elections, the administration of President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan awarded a surveillance contract running into several billion naira to the Odua People’s Congress (OPC) in the south west and some former Niger-Delta militants in the south south.

Investigations by Vanguard suggest that there are now plans to discard the practice and revert to the use of conventional security agencies, as soon as the new administration takes over the reins of governance after May 29.

Already some highly placed persons in Buhari’s camp with military and security backgrounds have begun to fashion out ways that would facilitate the process.

It was gathered that the man behind the process was a Director in the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation. His briefs included to liaise with experts in the sector and other people with rich legal background to work out the template for the new surveillance policy.

When this is completed, the incoming administration, it was gathered, would further equip the Nigerian Armed Forces, especially the Army and Navy, as well as the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC and hand them over the job of protecting the oil pipelines and other installations both onshore and offshore.

The implication of this however, is that Buhari’s government would stop the contract with the OPC and the former militants.

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