A Northern youths group under the umbrella of the Arewa Youths Assembly, have issued a warning to the federal government against awarding a contract for oil pipelines surveillance to the former Niger Delta militant, Oweizide Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Government Tompolo.

The youths who issued the warning in a statement signed by its leader, Abdulsalam Mohammed-Kazeem, in Kaduna, accused Tompolo and others of allegedly disregarding rule of law and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

“Information at the disposal of the Arewa Youth Assembly is that the NNPC Limited under the leadership of Mallam Mpele Kolo Kyari and the Federal Government is planning to award the oil pipelines surveillance contract to Tompolo.

“As youths of this region who have been keen observers of governance as it affects the citizens and the nation in general, we will not fold our hands and watch the government make such a grave mistake of awarding a sensible contract of this nature to him.

“We therefore as a matter of national urgency advise, beg, call and plead with the NNPC Limited to save our national asset by not awarding it to Tompolo, as the effect will be deleterious to the nation’s economy.”

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