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Mayor of Urhoboland drags Omo-Agege before traditional council, UPU, others over surveillance contract

By Adaku Onyenucheya
04 November 2022   |   2:47 am
The Mayor of Urhoboland and National Coordinator of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, NCNDE-A, Eshanakpe Israel, has dragged the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, before the traditional council of Urhoboland led by Felix Mukakpero ovu 1, Okpe kingdom over the Federal Government awarded pipeline surveillance contract. The Mayor, who…

The Mayor of Urhoboland and National Coordinator of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, NCNDE-A, Eshanakpe Israel, has dragged the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, before the traditional council of Urhoboland led by Felix Mukakpero ovu 1, Okpe kingdom over the Federal Government awarded pipeline surveillance contract.

The Mayor, who stated this in a telephone chat over the weekend noted, that he also petitioned the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District in the red chamber to the Urhobo Progressive Union, UPU led by Olorogun Moses Tiger, in a letter dated November 5.

Others in receipt of the petition from the Mayor of Urhoboland are heads of security agencies including the National Security Adviser to the President, Babangana Monguno and the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipriye Sylvva and the Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited, Mele Kyari.

According to the letter, the Senator is not an ex-militant and not deserving of such contract he claimed was award him (Omo-Agege) either directly or by proxy noting that, the lawmaker hijacked the contract due Akoodoro through his younger brother, Jimmy Omo-Agege who allegedly is the Chief Executive Officer, CEO of Zane Energy.

The letter expressed anger over the contract noting that the Federal Government awarded the security contracts of pipelines lying in Ijaw and Itsekiri land to those he described as rightful persons who he said are ex-militants, but turned around to award that of Urhobo and Isoko land to a politically exposed person who he said is not deserving of same under any circumstance.

The letter want the traditional rulers in Urhobo land and its socio-cultural umbrella body, UPU to immediately call the Senator to order and asking to relinquish the contract to ex-militants of both Urhobo and Isoko extractions particularly himself having gone through lots of challenges protecting national interests in the Niger Delta region.

He stated that since the declaration of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP till date, he has been hands-in-glove with the security apparatus to build and promote and tranquility in the region including urhoboland.

He queried the rationale behind the award of such contract to a Senator who he noted didn’t condemn the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA while they destroyed national assets.

“While I stood firmly against the Avengers working day and night to end the reign of terror by that ravaging bunch, the Senator and other well meaning Niger Delta leaders played the ostrich. It was I, in conjunction of well meaning Urhobo Youths who joined hands with FG to ensure we crippled the activities of the malicious NDA,” he stated.

The statement further queried the Senator, who the petitioner alleged have numerous contracts yet to be executed in the region.

“I represent Urhobo youths being the most notable ex-militant leader from Urhoboland and also from Isoko axis, if the contract is awarded me its automatically awarded the youth population of both nationalities l, but we won’t allow this to lay low because no man can play God over the destiny of Youths of our land.

“I will abide by the verdict of you the fathers of Urhobo nation but do take notice as a respected ex-militant leader, who is close to the security apparatus of this country, should the Senator refuses to relinquish the contract, I may not be able to guarantee security of the pipelines particularly the Otorogu corridor and the entire OML 30 and 34,” The Mayor Stated.

Pointedly, Akpodoro said, he was the one who in conjuction with the office of the National Security Adviser to the President at the declaration of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, mopped up arms from the region.

He added that long before now, he had applied severally for same contract before it was hijacked by a supposed leader in Urhoboland m, who should ordinarily bring such to Urhobo youths devoid of greed and avarice.