The Federal Government of Nigeria has finally terminated the pipeline surveillance and protection contract awarded to many independent ethnic security groups by ex President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) had just revealed through a statement yesterday by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Sylvester Eweka noting that the Federal Governmenthas moved armed military personnel to take over the security of the facilities from the operatives.
According to Eweka, this recent move by the FG has already caused a violent clash between operatives of the militia group and the police at an oil pipeline close to Sagamu, Ogun State.
They explained thay after clash, the group couldn't account for three of its men, namely Babatunde Adeyemi, Roland Ajayi and Orungbeja Dele-Osagie.
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The men have been missing since armed military task-force tried to forcefully eject them from their area of operation at the pipeline area.
The statement said: “On Sunday, a lorry-load of task force members invaded the Sagamu area, claiming it had orders to forcefully reclaim control of the pipeline area.
“Irked by this unceremonious move, the private security operatives said they had no signal from their management to vacate the site.
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“However, after the ensuing fracas, three men could not be accounted for by their team leaders. “Many of the security operatives fled the scene, amidst shooting by the task-force.
“The three men were part of the 4,000 private security operatives employed by New Age Global Business representing the OPC in the contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to provide security against criminals engaged in pipeline vandalism and petroleum products stealing.
“At the weekend, NNPC abruptly sent an SMS message terminating the pipeline security contract with effect from June 15, 2015.”
OPC had yesterday revealed that the FG owes them three month salary and have asked the NNPC to pay for the damages caused to the group by the police.
Its yet uncertain if the FG has also cancelled Tompolo's billion Naira contract, which has been criticized by millions of Nigerians.