Tompolo’s outfit averts protest by aggrieved youths
Members of Tantita Security Service, owned by the former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), on Tuesday, averted a protest by some youths in Bayelsa State over non-inclusion in the execution of N4 billion crude oil pipeline surveillance contract awarded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.
The demonstrators had started disrupting vehicular traffic along Imiringi road leading to the residence of the State Coordinator of Tantita Security Services Nigeria Ltd in Bayelsa State, Great Joshua MacIver,
They were protesting non-inclusion in the monitoring and stopping of illegal bunkering and pipeline vandalism in the state.
According to the protesters, identified as members of the 2nd and 3rd phase beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), there is a need for inclusion in the surveillance contract.
But addressing the aggrieved ex-militants, Mr. Timi-Igoli Timi, the Chief of Staff to the State Coordinator of Tantita Security Services Nig, Ltd, (Bayelsa State Operations), Joshua MacIver, assured the youths that the recruitment process was still ongoing.
He urged them to always exercise patience saying the exercise is inclusive and aimed at capturing stakeholders in various catchment areas across the state.
The exercise, according to him, will not only capture 2nd and 3rd phases but will also accommodate Persons Living with Disabilities.
Igoli urged the protesters to always seek proper information before embarking on any protest, describing their protest as ill-conceived and lacking in proper communication.