Arewa Youths Storm NNPC Headquarters, Call For Kyari’s Removal, Termination Of Tompolo’s Pipeline Contract

Members of the Northern Youth Advocacy for Good Governance Initiative and the Arewa Youth Forum, on Monday, stormed the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) headquarters in Abuja to express their disapproval of Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari.

The Arewa youths, Naija News learnt, were carrying placards with different inscriptions as they called for Kyari’s sack and probe.

The youths, according to Vanguard, demanded that the Federal Government should also not renew a pipeline surveillance contract awarded to Tantita Security, owned by Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo.

Despite the heavy security presence, the protestors hoisted their placards and banners urging President Bola Tinubu to reconsider renewing the contract, citing rampant financial malfeasance associated with it.

‘Tompolo’s Pipeline Surveillance Is a Fraud’, ‘President Tinubu, Please Save Nigeria from these Jackals’, and ‘Suspend and Probe NNPC Menchmen’, some of the placards’ inscriptions read.

During the protest, the President of the Arewa Youth Congress, Comrade Musa Adebayo, reportedly read a statement co-signed by Comrade Usman Saidu, President of the Northern Youth Advocacy for Good Governance Initiative.

In the statement, they argued that since the contract was awarded to Tompolo, there had been no significant rise in oil production.

“The successes being celebrated are normal production rates before the mayhem of the Niger Delta Avengers,” Adebayo stated.

He further expressed concerns about the efforts to re-award the contract to Tompolo, an ex-militant general.

“It is a major matter of concern how much-concerted effort is being made to re-award the pipeline surveillance contracts despite the tension, financial malfeasance, disinformation, and abnormalities that are inherent in the contract,” Adebayo said.

The protestors stressed that several NNPCL executives should be probed for their involvement in contracts concerning the security and maintenance of pipeline infrastructure.

They argued that these contracts cost the federal government almost one billion dollars in the past year.

The statement added: “As concerned citizens, we should understand that the country is too tense to allow for any action that may breed internal turmoil and more controversy within the ranks of its citizenry.”

Adebayo added that awarding contracts to someone “who should ordinarily be behind bars for the economic mayhem caused in the Niger Delta region between 2016 and 2018 is total anti-peace and anti-development.”

He vowed that the protestors would continue to occupy the NNPCL premises until their demands were met.

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