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Ex-militants renew ultimatum for FG to revoke pipeline contract to non-indigenes

By Isaac Job

Akwa Ibom ex-militants under the aegis of Niger Delta Volunteers(NDV) have issued a one-month ultimatum for federal government to revoke oil pipeline contracts in the state awarded to non-indigenes.

In a statement signed by the Supreme Leader of NDV, Ekpo Ekpo, and made available to newsmen in Uyo on Thursday, the ex-agitators accused the federal government and key players in the oil and gas industry of disregarding the local content law.

They expressed anger against injustices meted out to repentant militants from the state by the Ijaws heading institutions set up by government to take care of ex-freedom fighters.

The statement reads in parts:
“This is totally unacceptable and we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to order immediate termination of the contract as we shall not accept further abuse of our peaceful disposition by the NNPC and her cohort

“We, therefore, want to warn the architects of this plot to reverse it immediately as we are fully prepared to resist every activity of the Pipelines Infrastructure Limited in Akwa Ibom State by any means necessary.

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“We also want the Nigerian government, NNPC, multi-national oil companies and the general public to know that the above named company, its partners or subcontractors, would not work in our territory.

“It is also worthy of note that this same injustice to Akwa Ibom State is very visible in the Presidential Amnesty Office where Akwa Ibom agitators were marginalized and their names were replaced with Ijaw names.

“This aspect also affects the appointment of the leadership of the Presidential Amnesty Office as Akwa Ibom people are never considered as Amnesty Boss”, the statement said in part.

The Niger Delta Volunteers (NDV) said it was in total support of the call by Unyekisong Akwa Ibom, another ex-militant group, for the revoke of the pipeline contract currently handled in the state by Infrastructure Limited a company.

“At this point, we hereby warn all the Multi-National Oil Companies and its partners to terminate security contracts with all the private security companies in all their operational base within Akwa Ibom State and award same to qualified indigenous firms within one month”, they stated.

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