Buhari Has Cancelled Ex-Militant Tompolo's Coastal Protection Contract

Date: 15-07-2015 10:36 am (6 years ago) | Author: CLARA JANCITA
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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate termination of the coastal and pipeline protection contract awarded to former Niger Delta militant leader Government Ekpomupolo alias Tompolo by President Goodluck Jonathan.
   In 2011, President Jonathan awarded a contract to provide security along Nigeria's maritime borders to Global West Vessel Specialists Nigeria, a company owned by Tompolo. Seen as a political gesture, President Buhari has instructed the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Nimasa) to discontinue payments for the provision of platforms for security. 
 With the revocation of the contract, money paid to the private firm will now be channelled to the Nigerian Navy and marine police to secure the nation’s waterways. According to a source at the Federal Ministry of Transport, the $103m (N21bn) maritime security contract was approved by former President Jonathan and awarded by Nimasa in 2011, shortly after Patrick Akpobolokemi, was appointed to head the agency. 

 It is believed that payments have been stopped since June, with Mohammed Bashir, the permanent secretary in the transport ministry directing Mr Akpobolokemi to halt payments for the controversial maritime security contract until further notice. Others who benefitted from similar contracts include Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo and Chief Bipobiri Ajube, Alias General Shoot-At-Sight, as well as Odua People's Congress founder Dr Frederick Fasheun and the leader of its other faction Otunba Gani Adams.   
According to the transport ministry source: “It is difficult to believe that former President Goodluck Jonathan would hand out the security of the nation’s entire maritime domain to his kinsman under the guise of public-private partnership. It was certain that such a contract would not stand the test of time and like the pipeline security contracts awarded by the same regime, its time is over.”   However, former senior special assistant to the president on maritime, Leke Oyewole, advised the federal government not to go back to the old ways when Nimasa was handling water security.
He noted that ever since Tompolo's company was put in charge of providing platforms for security on the nation’s waters, there had been an improvement. 
 Last month, pioneer Nimasa chairman Alhaji Tijjani Ramalan, alleged that Tompolo's company was paid N1.5bn monthly to execute the contract. He lamented that despite the huge payment, the country is still losing more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil daily to oil thieves.


Posted: at 15-07-2015 10:36 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
- Dramaking at 15-07-2015 10:53 AM (6 years ago)
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The war in the North region is yet 2b won & now dey wanna create another in d south.... Smh. #InGodWeTrust!!!
Posted: at 15-07-2015 10:53 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Ololababs at 15-07-2015 11:33 AM (6 years ago)
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Well done president Buhari. If them like make them start d world war. They won't live to tell the story. Nonsence Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 15-07-2015 11:33 AM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Wysetots at 15-07-2015 11:50 AM (6 years ago)
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It's about time.......these militants live like kings in the midst of suffering masses.
Posted: at 15-07-2015 11:50 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- uchex at 15-07-2015 12:14 PM (6 years ago)
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No sense
Posted: at 15-07-2015 12:14 PM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Abubu86 at 15-07-2015 12:17 PM (6 years ago)
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 Grin Angry Angry
Quote from: Ololababs on 15-07-2015 11:33 AM
Well done president Buhari. If them like make them start d world war. They won't live to tell the story. Nonsence Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 15-07-2015 12:17 PM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- edpete at 15-07-2015 12:34 PM (6 years ago)
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Asking a thief to guard the cookie is always de best option
Posted: at 15-07-2015 12:34 PM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- taung89 at 15-07-2015 01:42 PM (6 years ago)
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Anytime Nigeria wake up na me go enter that zoo called nija until now no way 
Posted: at 15-07-2015 01:42 PM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- akhaifo at 15-07-2015 02:04 PM (6 years ago)
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Hmmmmm...Jonah, $103m contract to a militant. N1.5b monthly paid to his company to execute the pipeline contract...what a waste of resources.
Posted: at 15-07-2015 02:04 PM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- uplogsa at 15-07-2015 03:44 PM (6 years ago)
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Will dat stop Boko haram from operating? Nonesense
Posted: at 15-07-2015 03:44 PM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- echeeche at 15-07-2015 06:00 PM (6 years ago)
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ok
Posted: at 15-07-2015 06:00 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- eric2000 at 15-07-2015 07:22 PM (6 years ago)
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nice one
Posted: at 15-07-2015 07:22 PM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- beneno at 15-07-2015 11:09 PM (6 years ago)
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oooooooooooh
Posted: at 15-07-2015 11:09 PM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- ignis99 at 16-07-2015 09:24 AM (6 years ago)
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shooooo
Posted: at 16-07-2015 09:24 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- elchymo at 14-08-2015 06:48 AM (5 years ago)
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I smell trouble oo
Posted: at 14-08-2015 06:48 AM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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