Ex-militants Threaten Attacks As NNPCL Excludes Them From Contracts

by Victor Ndubuisi

Following the purported rejection of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to include Niger Deltans in the awarding of pipeline maintenance contracts, the Coalition of Ex-agitators of Niger Delta has threatened violence.

According to Anaedoonline.ng, the threat was made by the former agitators in a statement released on Sunday and signed by their coordinator, Gershom Gbobo, spokesperson, Chief David Tonye Banigo, national secretary, Johnson Akpobari, and national director of mobilisation, Goodluck Warikere.

It claimed that the NNPCL’s decision to only contract with northern businesses for pipeline repair was offensive and inconsiderate.

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The statement read: “We will never allow such cheating, marginalisation, injustice, and insensitivity to occur in this new administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whose mantra remains justice, equity, and fairness.


“The NNPCL should know that its actions and conducts would determine the level of peace in the oil-bearing communities of the Niger Delta. We will not allow this provocative action of awarding pipeline maintenance contracts only to companies owned by northern cabals.

“What happens to all the Niger Delta indigenous companies? No northern company would be allowed to carry out routine maintenance on pipelines located in our territory.”

The organisation urged the NNPCL to work with Niger Delta companies “to create jobs for the youths and keep all stakeholders active.

“We warn that there will be unrest and crisis if NNPCL fails to review this gross injustice. We are sure that international communities will understand that we are fighting for our rights.

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“We must be involved in this. This is one contract that can be used to discourage pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta. Why will they give such contracts to people who are not from the region?

“Have they awarded any contract in the North to those of us from the Niger Delta? Is it feasible for us to go to the North and agitate for contracts? We call on Mr President, the National Security Adviser, Secretary to the Federation, and the Chief of Staff to intervene in this and stop this disrespect to our region.


“We are not saying that they should not award contracts to some of those northern companies. What we are saying is that they should award contracts to them in their domains and award contracts to us in our own domains.

“You cannot be taking everything from our environment through pipelines and still deny us the opportunity to maintain those pipelines.”



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