November 29, 2022

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Pipeline safety contract: Allegations in opposition to army wild, unsubstantiated – Group

Chief of Defence Employees Basic Leo Irabor

A non-partisan civil society group, Northern Socio-Financial Restoration Crew has berated some youths beneath the auspices of Amalgamated Arewa Youth Teams, who accused the ‘Chief of Defence Employees (CDS) of militarising different zones however romancing Niger Delta militants.

The group mentioned its investigation revealed that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has persistently handled felony components no matter the place they arrive from.

The Amalgamated Arewa Youth Teams made the allegation throughout a protest on the headquarters of the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Firm (NNPC) Restricted, demanding termination of a multi-million greenback pipeline contract awarded to former militant chief, Authorities Ekpemupolo (popularly generally known as Tompolo).

In response to the allegation in opposition to the CDS, the Northern Socio-Financial Restoration Crew described the youths as misguided and ungrateful, saying they’re doubtless been backed by these partaking in unlawful bunkering and others benefitting from the safety challenges within the Northern area.

In response to a Tuesday press launch signed by the Convener, Yusuf Gidado and Secretary, Danladi Goni, “the those that bankrolled your protest didn’t inform you the areas to pay attention. It appears your protest was bankrolled by these benefitting from the safety challenges.

“As stakeholders who’re monitoring developments in our area, we’re appalled by their wild and unsubstantiated allegation in opposition to the army and CDS.

 “Or is it that Amalgamated Arewa Youth Group is being backed by these benefitting from unlawful bunkering within the nation?

“The misguided youths ought to inform us the linkage between pipeline safety contract awarded by the Ministry of Petroleum and the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

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“The CDS since his appointment has visited the Niger Delta area a number of occasions and intensified the combat in opposition to unlawful oil bunkerers. This has saved the nation tons of of billions of naira. May that be the anger of Amalgamated Arewa Youth Teams and people bankrolling them?

“The synergy being promoted by the CDS has ensured that bandits and terrorist teams in our area are beneath hearth resulting in mass give up.

“Are members of the so known as Amalgamated Arewa Youth Teams pleased over the state of affairs in Northern Nigeria? Are they conscious it’ll takes us a long time to get well from the banditry and insurgency that has plagued the area?

“We’re starting to assume they’re being sponsored by those that are offended with ongoing profitable army operations within the area.”