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Anti-Pipeline vandalization group faults calls for cancellation of surveillance jobs to PINL

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File photo: Ex-militants of Niger Delta

By Esther Eugene, Warri

The Anti-pipeline Vandalization/Oil Theft and Illegal Bunkering Task Force Group, has faulted a group known as the National Awareness Forum (NAF) over a call for the Federal Government to cancel the crude oil pipeline Surveillance Contract being handled by the Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited (PINL).

The group said in a press statement made available to Daily Watch I. Warri, said  ” The  Anti-Pipeline task Force accused the National Awareness Forum (NAF) of being allegedly sponsored by oil theft cabals involved in the illicit theft of crude oil in the Niger Delta region.

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”The crude oil pipeline surveillance contract awarded the Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited PINL, under the watch of the revered Monarch, His Royal Majesty, HRM, The Olu Of Warri and Mr Osahon Okunbo as the Managing Director/CEO of the Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited company PINL.

 

”The Anti-pipeline Vandalization/Oil Theft and Illegal Bunkering Task Force Group, after an emergency meeting convened by its Leader, Former Militant Leader, Comrade Fiawei Pathfinder also known as General Osama in Warri,Delta State, unanimously condemned, in strong term, the unwarranted call made by the National Awareness Forum NAF that the pipeline surveillance contract job that is being handled by Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited (PINL)” the group added.

 

According to the communique issued at the end of the meeting and signed by Comrade Fiawei Pathfinder also known as General Osama,” preliminary investigations has revealed that the purported National Awareness Forum (NAF) is a tool being used by oil theft cabals involved in the illicit theft of crude oil in the Niger Delta region. And they have the temerity to raise up a call for the termination of the pipeline surveillance contract job that is being handled by Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited (PINL).”

 

“The call is unfounded, frivolous, baseless and false against a reputable and noble oil company. We are disappointed by some disgruntled, unscrupulous and criminal elements who have failed the country and Nigerians by their actions of criminality over the years, would descend so low by saying the officially awarded pipeline surveillance contract awarded to Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited PINL. should be terminated”.

“While we condemn in all totality the call made by this group of criminal elements calling for the cancelation of the pipeline surveillance contract, the leadership of Anti-pipeline Vandalization/Oil Theft and Illegal Bunkering Task Force Group unanimously and vehemently dismiss all unfounded and baseless allegations leveled against the management of Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited, PINL.”

“We are really pained to see this in the media but we want to disabuse the minds of Nigerians that the allegations are fabricated lies from the figment of their poor imagination. The PINL is a company of international repute, which operates according to best global best practices, and this made the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Limited, NNPCL, to have confidence in it by awarding the contract to PINL.”

“We have also resolved to pass a vote of confidence on the management of the PINL because of the remarkable and outstanding achievements that had drastically reduced incidents of criminal activities in the sector as they diligently carry out their job with sophisticated strategies catalysed by use of modern technology”.

“We also warned those behind the unfounded claims and their sponsors to desists from No cheap blackmail which are signs that they are being frustrated from engaging in their illegal oil business. The PINL has succeeded in crumbling and frustrating these oil thieves and their sponsors. We implore Mr President to be wary of them and the NNPCL led by Engr Mele Kyari not to take them serious because there is nothing to backup their tissue of lies”.

“However, it is also imperative to unequivocally point out and put the records straight; despite there were some minor incidents of damages as a result of acts of sabotage on some pipelines and oil theft being recorded in the month of December 2023 and January 2024 in some parts of Rivers and Bayelsa States including those in the creeks of Delta State, the incidents per say not linked to PINL Management’s failure neither there were any form of compromise or abandonment of the surveillance job in the various pipeline locations”s.

“Rather these are normal NNPC routine checks on monthly basis in order to cross-check the level of gains made by the various private security firms that it awarded the contract to secure the pipelines and safeguarding the nation’s oil infrastructures. So, PINL has nothing to do with those minor pipeline vandalism cases recorded as seen to be the failure of PINL as being speculated by sponsors of cheap blackmail these faceless and nefarious groups including the socalled, National Awareness Forum that is not known neither exist anywhere as a recognized civil society organization in the country not even in the Niger Delta region”.

 

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