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Ex-militants allege denial of entitlements by firm

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja
14 December 2020   |   3:00 am
Angry former militants under the aegis of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators (NCNDEA), yesterday, alleged that Ocean Marines Solution Limited, OMSL surveillance firm, has denied them their entitlements.

Angry former militants under the aegis of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators (NCNDEA), yesterday, alleged that Ocean Marines Solution Limited, OMSL surveillance firm, has denied them their entitlements.

In a statement issued by its National President, Eshanokpe Israel (a.k.a Akpodoro) in Abuja, it explained that the decision to write security agencies followed a meeting of NCNDEA leaders in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The statement revealed that the group sent letters to all security agencies in the country, notifying them of its readiness to go into trenches against OMSL in Urhobo land, noting that the surveillance firm had taken the people for granted for too long.

It stressed that the OMSL had pushed the ex-militants to the edge by making peace impossible.

It warned of the consequences of allowing OMSL to continue to undermine ex-militants in its areas of operation, particularly in Urhoboland, maintaining that the group had fulfilled all righteousness by alerting the authorities to what was ahead.

He said the group was asking OMSL to engage all ex-militants it inherited from Eraskon Limited, as directed by the National Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) through Heritage Operational Services Limited at the inception of its operations.

Akpodoro also stressed that the workforce inherited from Eraskon by OMSL were disengaged, while those it was indebted to were not being paid the backlog, thereby denying the former militants their means of livelihood.

He said the letters were sent to the National Security Adviser (NSO) to the President, Babagana Munguno, Chief of Staff to the President, President of the Senate, Speaker, House of Representatives, Director General, State Security Services (SSS), Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), among others.

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