Monday, February 20, 2012

Fed Govt denies security pact with ex-militant leader

The Nation
20 February 2012

The Federal Government has not concessioned maritime security to the private security firm of a former Niger Delta militant leader Government Ekpomupolo a.k.a Tompolo, a presidential aide has said.

What the government has with Global West Vessel Specialist Limited (GWVSL) is a boat contract, Senior Special Adviser (SSA) on Maritime Affairs, to the President, Leke Oyewole, said in Lagos.

Oyewole also denied claims that President Goodluck Jonathan favoured the Niger Delta region in the concession by involving the former Niger Delta warlord.

What the Federal Government did through Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), he said, was to ask GWVSL to supply the patrol boats and surveillance equipment for NIMASA and the Navy to patrol the waterway.

"Government has not concessioned maritime security to any private firm.

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