Pipeline surveillance: Gov Diri, Ijaw leaders intervene in Tompolo, Asari, Ateke rift

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Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, leaders of the Ijaw National Congress, INC, and other stakeholders have waded into the rift between Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, King Ateke Tom and Chief Dokubo Asari arising from the pipeline surveillance contract awarded by the Federal Government to Tompolo’s firm.

Diri said leaders of the Ijaw nation and other ethnic nationalities in Niger Delta have resolved to work together to protect Federal Government facilities in the region.

The governor stated this, weekend, at the end of a meeting of critical stakeholders of the Ijaw nation led by the INC President, Prof. Benjamin Okaba, in Government House, Yenagoa.

Diri noted that the meeting examined the various issues that threatened the unity of the Ijaw nation following the award of the pipeline surveillance contract to Tompolo’s firm.

He explained that the meeting was held to foster peace and unity within Ijaw land and that all parties agreed to sheathe their swords.

Tompolo, King Ateke Tom and Chief Dokubo Asari sent  representatives to the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, the INC issued a communique, noting that a five-man reconciliatory committee was constituted to interface with the various groups and individuals on the pipeline surveillance issue to ensure that perceived differences are totally resolved and that our youths will now work together, in the spirit of brotherhood, to safeguard the relative peace in the region.

“We do not want further bickering and disorder in any part of the Niger Delta region. The region should not be distracted by these ‘soupcons’, let us focus on the ‘big picture’ of the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region.”

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