As widely confirmed by the mass media and the militant gladiators themselves, most of whom were allegedly used as musclemen by the outgoing Jonathan administration for 2015 electioneering purposes, the stage seems set for the various militant groups to start executing of the N9.3 billion waterways and oil pipelines contracts granted them by the outgoing PDP government – a costly payoff it would seem. No government ever did this in Nigeria.
A March 16, 2015 memo (just 12 days to the presidential election) from the Presidency had directed the ex-militants, led by Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo and Chief Bipobiri Ajube (aka Gen. Shoot-At-Sight) to take over Nigerian waterways and oil pipeline protection from the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) which automatically renders useless the Nigerian Navy, Army, Airforce, Police and Civil Defence Corps in performing their constitutional responsibilities in this regard.
The contractors include both factions of the OPC – Oodua Peoples Congrass led by Frederick Fasehun and Gani Adams. The seven companies that were allocated “regions” or operational areas are: Close Body Protection (Edo State); Adex Energy Security(Rivers) ; Donyx Global Concept(Lagos and Ogun); Oil Facilities Surveillance – (Delta), Egbe Security River One (Bayelsa); Gallery Security (Mosinmi-Ore); and New Age Global Security (Mosinmi-Ibadan).
Activist and lawyer Festus Keyamo had accused the Federal Government, saying: “It is irresponsible of the Federal Government to give up part of its security to individuals. The money that would be given to such people should be used to equip the Police and the Navy. If this is done, they will perform better.”
Retired Police Commissioner Abubarkar Tsav blamed the plan on the desperation of President Jonathan to win the election at all costs.
Second Republic lawmaker Dr Junaid Mohammed said: “You can’t hire out the functions of government to individuals no matter how connected they are.”
It is very doubtful post-May 29 that General Muhammadu Buhari’s administration that canvassed for votes based on its resolve to revamp national security and institutions would condone this 9.3 billion naira decision of the Jonathan administration. What will then happen?