Tompolo wins multi-million dollar contract to curb oil theft

Tompolo has won multi-million dollar contract to fight oil theft.

Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, a former militant commander and commander of the disbanded Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has been awarded a multimillion dollar pipeline surveillance contract extension by the Federal Government.

According to information obtained, the agreement with Tompolo was signed by the government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited in order to stop illegal bunkering, illegal refining, and other types of oil theft in the Niger Delta.

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The deal, according to a close friend of Tompolo who requested anonymity, was worth more than N4 billion each month.

However, as of the time of publication, neither the cost nor the specifics of the contract could be officially confirmed.

According to the source, other surveillance contracts, contractors, and their activities in the entire Niger Delta will be monitored and overseen by the former MEND commander, who is renowned for his creek credibility.

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He claimed that Tompolo had performed a similar function when Diezani Alison-Madueke served as the minister of petroleum during the previous administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“Only after reviewing it, did the government reinstate his prior contract.

“Before his contract was terminated, the measures he implemented addressed illegal bunkering and increased the production quota to more than two million barrels per day.

“However, the new administration cancelled the agreement, made him a wanted man, and later cleared him of all charges.

Since the nation is currently losing more than 500,000 barrels per day to illegal bunkering, “they have realised the need to bring him back,” he said.

The source claimed that some top NNPC officials, including Group Executive Director, Upstream, Adokiye Tombomelye, and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, mediated the new agreement.

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He claimed that as a newly profitable venture, NNPC was determined to stop any illegal activities that were negatively impacting its operations and causing it to operate at a loss each month.

The source claimed that on Wednesday, Tompolo hosted a significant stakeholders’ gathering at his Oporoza country residence in the Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State.

He claimed that a sizable number of Niger Delta stakeholders, particularly from Bayelsa State, attended the meeting. He claimed that more than 5000 people were present.

The former presidents of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, Udengs Eradiri, and Eric Omare, priests of the Ijaw religious group Egbesu, led by Apostle Bodmas Kemepadei, leaders of all youth organisations in the Niger Delta, and leaders of notorious cult organisations in the area were among those he mentioned as being present at the meeting.

Former MEND unit commanders like Eris Paul, also known as General Oguboss, Pius Wareyal, also known as General Pius, Joshua Macaiver, Pastor Reuben Wilson, Young Shall Grow, and all the second phase “generals,” according to him, were prominent attendees.

He said: “Tompolo invited the youth leaders from all the rival cults in the United States to the meeting and brought back all his former commanders in MEND. There were many people there.

Udengs Eradiri, a former IYC president, confirmed his attendance at the meeting and hailed the new arrangement as a positive step forward.

Eradiri praised the Federal Government for involving local communities in the defence of pipelines that pass through their territories.

“I am confident that this new agreement will be successful because Tompolo has the connections and reputation to serve as a conduit between the public and the government.

The same arrangement allowed for an increase in oil production up to over two million barrels per day during the previous administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. This time, it will succeed, he assured.

 

Eric Omare, a former IYC president and spokesman, claimed that the Federal Government expanded the scope of Tompolo after reviewing a comparable arrangement that was in place under Jonathan.

He claimed that using a community-based strategy was still the best way to stop illegitimate oil refining and bunkering in the area.

Omare stated: “A community-based strategy is what many of us have been advocating because Tompolo is unable to work with outsiders.

“He will collaborate with members of the community, as evidenced by his meetings with some of the stakeholders.

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“The scope was not as broad in Jonathan’s time as it is now. He was the one who showed up and completed the task out of all the people employed at the time.

Maybe those in charge have taken notice of that and decided to give him more responsibility to manage.

Apostle Bodmas Kemepadei, an Egbesu Priest, confirmed the agreement and claimed that some illegal bunkering operators had already consulted Tompolo about giving up their illegality.

This arrangement will work, he assured. It has in the past, and it will undoubtedly do so again. Because there were no trustworthy individuals who could act as a middleman between the people and the government, illegal bunkering persisted for such a long time.

“However, Tompolo is now bridging that gap. Those who are operating illegal bunkering are now coming out to surrender as I speak to you. They are also talking about what lies ahead for them.

“We think that more people will come forward in the days to come, and the problem of oil theft will be addressed.

Although Tompolo won’t completely eradicate it, he will succeed in doing so by 95%..

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