June 22, 2009

Oil firm debunks Tompolo’s ownership allegation

WARRI — AS the search for the Camp 5 militant leader in Oporoza community in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South-West Council Area of Delta State, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, intensifies by the Joint Task Force (JTF), code-named Operation Restore Hope, a major oil and gas servicing company in the region, Fenog Nigeria Limited, has debunked claims that Tompolo was its owner.

Debunking the rumour making the round that Fenog was formed and is owned by one Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, the company in a press statement Sunday at its premises at Ugbuwangue, Warri, said “we hereby state categorically and unequivocally that the said Fenog Nigeria Limited was not formed or owned either fully, partially or in any respect by the said Government Ekpemupolo.”

In the statement entitled: “Malicious, baseless and unfounded falsehood and lies against Fenog Nigeria Limited,” signed by Mr. Benjamin Akpejunor and Joseph Oshevire, both legal practitioners, they claimed that the falsehood must have emanated from “disgruntled competitors” trailing behind Fenog in the region and in the execution of jobs, stating that “the relevant records/papers of Fenog Nigeria Limited are public documents available at the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for anybody who wants to verify.”

Mr. Akpejunor said that the company has undertaken the repairs of major pipeline jobs in the country since 2007 for the oil giant, including the repair of the recently blown-up Abiteye (Chevron) flow station last week, just as he revealed that Fenog, in a bid to defeat and/or overcome incidences of vandalism, procured the most recent pipe laying technology called the Horizontal Directional Drilling(HHD) rig which is capable of laying pipes for as deep as 30-35 metres underground where they would be secured from vandals.