The Ijaw Patriotic League (IPL) has singled out those they describe as ‘extremely wealthy criminals’ who run illegal multi-billion naira refineries as faceless people using proxies in their desperate bid to coerce the government government to revoke the pipeline protection contract awarded to a company in which Grand Chief Ekpemupolo Tompolo has interests.
Stating his support for the federal government not to revoke the contract, the group’s national coordinator, Jasper Eritei, described the federal government’s decision to hire the former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) to Helping to secure the nation’s outrageously breached pipelines is well thought out and in the public interest.
The league noted that it is up to the government to make crucial decisions to ensure that the general interest of society is protected.
The national coordinator said in a statement yesterday that the condemnation and protests that followed the award of the contract to the company in question should alert the federal government and indeed the NNPC that the right decision had been made to prevent the theft. oil in the Niger Delta.
The theft of the country’s oil resources, according to Eritei, has taken on a surprising dimension at a time when the government is borrowing to run the country and should rightly be treated as the government does.
He pointed out that the “massively wealthy criminals” would go through proxies to prevent any serious solution.
He added that the attacks on the contract should come as no surprise to the government as the oil thieves who have deployed billions of naira of oil on tankers and personnel to criminally plunder the country’s oil resources will not back down without to fight.
He noted that the orchestrated blackmail is just the first show of desperation from the murderous oil cabal, pointing out that with Tompolo’s track record in NIMASS where a company he has interests in secured the waterways, the people behind the massive sabotage of the Nigerian economy will not be comfortable.
The group wondered why out of five companies engaged, only that particular company generates a conviction.