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Unlike Tompolo, Omo-Agege Is Sitting On Our Pipeline Surveillance Funds – Urhobo/Isoko Youths Allege 

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

FORMER Niger Delta agitators of Urhobo and Isoko extraction have alleged that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Delta State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is sitting on their Pipeline Surveillance contract funds unlike Chief Government Ekpemuopolo aka Tompolo who has been carrying Ijaw youths along.

Unlike Tompolo, Omo-Agege Is Sitting On Our Pipeline Surveillance Funds - Urhobo/Isoko Youths Allege 

Okoro Godspower

This is just as the angry youths have given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seven days ultimatum to apprehend the senator to account for the funds.

The disgruntled youths made the allegation and call on Thursday at a peaceful protest held at Ovwian Express Junction, Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.

Unlike Tompolo, Omo-Agege Is Sitting On Our Pipeline Surveillance Funds - Urhobo/Isoko Youths Allege 

They called on Omo-Agege, who’s the Deputy President of the Senate, to tell the world what had happened to the surveillance funds meant for youths of the two ethnic nationalities.

In a statement read by the Secretary General of Ovwian Community, Okoro Godspower, on behalf of the youths, Omo-Agege was further accused of allegedly using the pipeline surveillance funds in purchasing a private jet.

Unlike Tompolo, Omo-Agege Is Sitting On Our Pipeline Surveillance Funds - Urhobo/Isoko Youths Allege 

Protesters

He was then charged to disclose the whereabouts of the surveillance funds meant for the Isoko/Urhobo ethnic groups or face arrest by EFCC.

While chanting solidarity songs and waving placards with varying inscriptions such as, “Orogun Senator, where is Isoko/Urhobo Pipeline Surveillance slot, “Orogun Senator how come Tompolo is paying 200k and you 60k?” amongst others, Omo-Agege was accused of having no empathy and human consideration.

“Based on the exigencies at the moment it has become paramount and imperative for us the Ex-Agitators of Urhobo and Isoko Ethnic Nationality to stage a peaceful protest to let the whole world know about the evil schemes of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege who has taken over the Pipeline Surveillance contract meant for the Urhobo and Isoko Nations.

Unlike Tompolo, Omo-Agege Is Sitting On Our Pipeline Surveillance Funds - Urhobo/Isoko Youths Allege 

The Protesters

“Unlike High Chief Government Owelzie Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo and Chief Emami Ayiri who have since commenced work at the payment of the youths of their Ethnic Nationalities as far as the Pipeline Surveillance Contract is concerned.

“Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have joined issues with OMO-AGEGE our Orogun Senator, in staging today’s peaceful protest march, knowing fully well that the Orogun Senator, will learn a lesson in a week from today, that power belongs to the people via the ballot.

“However, we are sadden by his recent display of lack of empathy, and human consideration, wherein our Orogun Senator acquired a new Private jet aircraft, with funds meant for the payment of persons who are supposed to be guarding NNPCL pipeline that transverses the length and breadth of Urhobo and Isoko land.

Unlike Tompolo, Omo-Agege Is Sitting On Our Pipeline Surveillance Funds - Urhobo/Isoko Youths Allege 

Protesters

“Lamentably, the same testimony cannot be said of Urhobo and Isoko youths who has been pushed aside, Today, our Orogun Senator is busy cajoling our youths to tender a hand written resignation letter stating that they have defected to APC, with a promise before their names can be included to be part of the Surveillance contract and also support him hook line and sinker so that OMO-AGEGE can be sworn in as Delta State governor.

“I wish to end this address by reminding the EFCC that, after seven days from today, being the 9 of March, 2023 no action is taken: against the Orogun Senator, we shall return to the street in a bigger way to agitate for our lawful rights,” the statement read.

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