By Emma Amaize, Warri
SUSPECTED kid-nappers in Warri, Delta State, have threatened to abduct Mr. Paul Bebenimibo, an activist and top adviser of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.
The supposed kidnappers in a text message from a GSM line, O8153979335, to the activist, accused him of not releasing an undisclosed amount of money that Tompolo allegedly asked him to disburse to them.
They said he was giving them between N200 and N500 and vowed to abduct his wife and children if they failed to get him.
Speaking to Saturday Vanguard, the activist confirmed that he received the threat message from suspected kidnappers, saying, “I do know them and what they are saying is not true”
However, Mr Bebenimibo called on the Federal Government not to cancel the pipelines surveillance contract awarded to Tompolo in the state, saying that hundreds of youths have been employed by Oil Facility Surveillance Limited, OFSL, which was executing the contract and that terminating it, could spell trouble crisis worse than what the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, was causing now.
His words, “President Jonathan should not contemplate cancelling the contract, rather, he should renew it because it has helped in his transformation agenda in Delta state.
Oil production, which dropped to 700,000 barrels before has increased to 2.7 billion barrels in the region.