FG arms Tompolo, Fasehun with multi-billion naira contracts
The Federal Government has armed some former Niger Delta militants and some prominent citizens with multi-billion naira contracts to provide protection for oil pipelines, and along some waterways in the country.
Those to benefit from the largesse include Government Tompolo; Mujaheed Asari-Dokubo and Chief Bipobiri Ajube (aka Gen. Shoot-At-Sight).
There is also founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) Dr. Frederick Fasehun who said stated earlier that his company was being considered for the multi-billion naira contract.
The Presidency is believed to have directed the Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to quit the job for some companies, which have been signed on by the government.
The OPC National co-ordinator, Otunba Gani Adams, who is also said to be part of the deal, declined comments last night, saying he was at a meeting.
The takeover is said to be with effect from March 16.
According to a source, seven companies have been allocated “regions” or operational areas as follows: Egbe Security River One (Bayelsa); Gallery Security (Mosinmi -Ore); Close Body Protection (Edo State); Adex Energy Security (Rivers); Donyx Global Concept (Lagos and Ogun); Oil Facilities Surveillance-(Delta) and New Age Global Security (Mosinmi-Ibadan).
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will coordinate the jobs. Details of the deal are sketchy as only few in government are in the picture.
The NSCDC Deputy Commandant General in charge of Operation, Evans Ewuurum, said the corps was yet to receive any circular on the contracts.
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March 13, 2015 at 8:19 am
This is very shameful. Whats the job of our navy and civil defence? How can you put such security in private hands and even more so ex militants. This is theft actually.