Ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, known as Tompolo, has accused the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy of covering up for some big shots that are guilty of tapping points on the Trans-Forcados/Ramos Pipeline in Delta State.
This was discovered by operatives of Tompolo’s surveillance outfit, Tantita Security Services Limited, which was recently recruited by the Federal Government (FG) to monitor activities around the nation’s oil.
The deal, which sparked controversy, is to protect oil lines in the six South-South states and is reportedly worth N50billion per year.
The ex-militant submitted his findings to the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, and Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), Alhaji Mele Kyari, both of who flew in from Abuja to Delta state to inspect the several violations.
In the report, International Oil Companies, security officials, oil bunkers, and locals have colluded to steal from the country.
The former commander of the Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) said, “A lot of people are running helter-skelter because they know that there is nothing in this country concerning the riverine that I don’t know.
“Once they are fully engaged, we will now call security agencies to call their people to order.
“When you are coming from Warri (capital of Delta), you see security boats all over the place.
“If you have one Navy gunboat, one Army gunboat, the extreme end is where the real bunkering is taking place.”
Also speaking to reporters, NNPCL boss, Kyari, said, “First, the attachments on our Trans- Forcados/Ramos pipeline, which are illegal connections, were professionally done.
“And the result is that they connected it to an inner case line which will never carry crude under normal circumstances and we have seen that this line flow all the way parallel with the other two active lines into the Forcados platform.”
General Irabor, who spoke to reporters after inspecting the breaches, vowed that the Ministry of Defence would not leave any stone unturned in fishing out the culprits.
He said the ministry would carry out an investigation on the entire stretch to find out those involved, “and how long it has been among other issues.”