Pipeline Security: Oil Thieves Blackmailing NNPC, We Will Join Court Case – Group

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    By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri

    The Chairman Board of Trustees,Centre for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (CHURAC), Alaowei, E. Cleric Esq, on Tuesday, said with the barrage of oppositions against the decision of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited to award oil pipeline surveillance contract to private security companies, it has become clear that the oil thieves are fighting back with emotional blackmail.

    This is contained in a statement Cleric signed and made available to journalist

    He said, “We’re surprised that nearly all the public opprobrium are against the one awarded to the Company linked to High Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited (TSSNL).

    “Meanwhile, NNPC Limited has awarded the same contract to a number of private companies even before Tompolo’s company won the bid.

    “The truism is that most of those companies who had the contract barely took steps to fight the unchecked illegal bunkering activities in the Niger Delta region.

    “To the chagrin of these economic saboteurs and their paid armchair critics, Tompolo’s company, TSSNL is taking the fight to their doorsteps by exposing the oil syndicates and the cartels siphoning the oil in the region.

    “To survive the illegal business, these oil thieves have embarked on different adventures to blackmail NNPC Limited and the Federal Government into submission.

    “The lawsuit instituted by One Love Foundation in Suit No FHC/ABJ/1723/2022 against the NNPC Limited and the Minister for State of Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Silver over the pipeline surveilance contract awarded to TSSNL is audible to the deaf and clear to the blind that illegal bunkers are fighting back, clutching on any straw to survive in their illicit business.

    “We have instructed our legal team to study the case carefully. We will not hesitate to file for joinder to defend NNPC Limited and TSSNL if the need arises. We’re solidly behind NNPC Limited for awarding the contract to Tompolo’s Company.

    “For the love of this nation and to ensure that we have an increased outputs to beat the OPEC’s quota, we will always stand by the NNPC Limited and the TSSNL to completely eradicate the oil thieves in the Niger Delta. Tompolo deserves commendation by well meaning Nigerians.

    “He should not be vilified just because he has chosen to risk his life to safeguard our national assets.”

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