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Crisis Brew In Niger-Delta As Asari Dokubo Dares Tompolo Over Oil-Pipeline Contract

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The decision of the federal government to award popular freedom fighter, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka, Tompolo, the N4.5bn monthly contract for pipeline surveillance contract has continued to spark reactions.

It could be recalled that there have been a series of agitations regarding this development.

Joining the fray, the founder of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force (NDVF), Asari Dokubo, has also opposed the deal.

Dokubo, in a viral video, stated that it is greediness for Tompolo to be in charge of pipeline protection for all the ethnic groups in the Niger Delta and he wondered why the Ijaw leader would be in charge of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers states, asking whether he was the only one that knew how to eat.

He assured that he will stop Tompolo from being in charge of the surveillance contract for the 83km pipeline crisscrossing his Kalabari area in Rivers State and he would not allow Tompolo’s armed boys escorted by soldiers to enter the Kalabari area.

Dokubo also accused the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, of deliberately giving everything to Tompolo to disgrace him and destabilise the Niger Delta.

Dokubo said: “You will take pipeline contract in Delta State your place and then you come to Kalabari to take another one saying you are an Ijaw man because you are the only one that knows how to eat.

“You took the ones that belong to Gbaramatu, Itsekiri, Isoko, Urhobo, Kwale, you took all because you are the only one that knows how to eat. You went to Bayelsa and took everything then you came to take the one in Kalabari.

“If Timipre Sylva gave you because he said he wanted to clip my wings as if he were a god. When Sylva was a member of the House of Assembly, did I clip his wings?
I am older than Sylva.

“When he was a Governor, did I clip his wings? He is now a Minister, did I clip his wings? Sylva said I was becoming too powerful and connived to give pipeline contracts to only Tompolo so that he would destroy what we are doing for the government he serves.

“We are making the government to be stable, but he is destabilising the same government he serves. So he brought Tompolo gathered people saying he would buy guns for them. Let them come. I am not boasting, let soldiers bring the Tompolo boys here.

“I am not talking about Rivers. I am saying they cannot take Kalabari. They can take every other place but I won’t allow them take Kalabari. You are collecting over N4.5bn a month for doing nothing. And people are supporting you. You must leave the 82km pipeline for Kalabari. You can’t take it.

“Take all other place but this one in Kalabari, you can’t take it. Have you heard that since we started fighting, army had entered my camp before? But his own within three days Iroko was destroyed and Camp five was destroyed. Till today, army is still occupying Camp five. Army has never entered any of my camps before. I live inside camp close to army people”.

Dokubo further faulted Tompolo’s mission saying he was only fighting for the protection of Gbaramatu and not for the interest of the Ijaw nation.

He said: “I can’t compare myself to Tompolo. It is unimaginable that I will condescend to the level of Tompolo. Who is Tompolo? What is his antecedent? Don’t allow me open a can of warm.

“What Ijaw struggle is Tompolo fighting? Is he even involved in Ijaw struggle? He is fighting war with Itsekiri. He has never been in Ijaw struggle. Gbaramatu vs Itsekiri, that is the war he is fighting.

“He is not even involved in Ijaw people who are fighting like Ogbeh Ijaw. Ogbeh Ijaw had been fighting with Ilaje, has Tompolo gone there before. Is he in Ijaw struggle? Show me one place he has done anything in Ijaw land. So Gbaramatu struggle is Ijaw struggle.

“What development has he brought to his area? Come and see my place and see what is happening there. The Maritime University they fought under Goodluck to bring, up till now is the university recognised by law?”


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