Revoke Surveillance Contract, Northern Group Tells Buhari

The Northern Youth Council has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government or its agent to revoke the 4 billion naira pipeline surveillance contract awarded to ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo.

The group also called for the sack of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva over the award of the contract.

The NYC noted that the contract was uncalled for, adding that the regime was promoting militancy with the move.

In a statement by the group’s spokesperson, Matazu Yusuf, the council said it would mobilise Northern youths across the country for a massive protest as well as take legal action if the government does not act after the expiration of the given ultimatum.

Yusuf also accused the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, of allegedly playing the ethnic card by surrendering the surveillance of the nation’s critical infrastructure to militants.

He noted that the group has submitted a protest letter to the President, Muhammadu Buhari.