FG’s N48bn Pipeline Surveillance Contract Threatened
As EFCC Arrest Technical Director/Head of Operations
There is apprehension among Nigerian citizens that powerful forces benefitting from the massive oil theft that has crippled Nigeria’s finances are doing everything to reverse the gains already made from the N48b Pipeline Surveillance Contract awarded to Tantita Security Services Limited, TSSL, owned by former commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo.
The alleged arrest and detention of the Executive Director, Operations and Technical of Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, Capt. Warredi Enisuoh, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sent tongues wagging on the direction of the fight against crude theft which has received international acclaim on the reversal of fortune recorded by the Tantita team thus far.
Management of Tantita in a statement say the action of the EFCC may not be unconnected with criminal collusion with highly connected individuals and interests groups behind the crude theft robbing Nigeria of crude oil gains.
According to the firm, the plan is to stall the progress made and obstruct the prospect of identifying faces behind some of the biggest crude smuggling deals; one of which the security firm claim was in the process of bursting before the EFCC struck.
“On the 19th of January 2023, Tantita’s Executive Director Operations and Technical Capt. Warredi Enisuohwas invited by the EFCC and detained. He has been in EFCC custody since. All efforts to ensure his release has proved abortive, as the Commission has insisted that unless he provides a list of names who were his intelligence sources he would not be released” Tantita said
“The EFCC’s invitation came right in the middle of an ongoing operation to unravel one of the biggest oil stealing cartels in this country. Capt Warredi Enisuoh, our ED Operations and Technical flew straight from Port Harcourt (where he was coordinating the operations) to Lagos to heed the EFCC’s invitation and walked right into a trap”.
“Tantita has been in the news for the amazing progress being made in returning Nigeria to pride of place as the leading oil producer in Africa. However, as we speak, efforts are being made to strangulate Tantita operations.”
Tantita is accusing EFCC of playing to the gallery but the EFCC denies keeping Capt. Warredi who is believed to have been having a running battle with chieftains of the EFCC over alleged oppression and conflict of interests.
Speaking during an inspection tour of discovered tapped pipeline in the creeks Warredi said “We are not going to predict what will happen next, so that people don’t get smarter than us. We have to keep what we have for now and plead with those who took their time to steal from Nigeria to please stop. We have suffered enough. I think it is high time we all come together and do something different.”
Could doing things differently have hurt vested interests?
The Man Captain Warredi
Captain Warredi Enisuoh is certified Pilot, Ship Captain and Astrologer. He is a Batch 8 Cadet of the Nautical College of Nigeria which transmuted into the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN. He got his 2nd Mate Certificate of Competency from The Arab Maritime Transport Academy in Egypt.
He obtained his Unlimited Ship Master Mariners Certificate of Competency from the Australian Maritime College and worked for the Pacific International Lines of Singapore for 8 years.
He later left to study at the Tasmanian Aviation College in Australia, after which he flew for various Airlines in Australia before returning to give back to the Australian Maritime College as an Instructor, Lecturer, Course Developer and Examiner.
He decided to take things higher when he left the Australian Maritime College for The Australian Maritime Safety Authority where he served for 6 years and was part of the team taking care of ship safety in an ocean area encompassing one-tenth the earth surface with over thousand ships in a year.
His passion for Aviation took center stage again when he left the Australian Maritime Safety Authority for Richard Branson’s Virgin Nigeria Airways as a Jet Pilot.
Maritime got the better of him when he was headhunted to leave Aviation to bring his international Aviation and Maritime Transport experience to bear in the Nigeria Maritime sector in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), where he served as Director Maritime Safety and Director Shipping Development.
Capt. Warredi is a Maritime Intelligence Expert, Satellite and Electronic Surveillance Systems who is leading a team of operations and Technical experts for Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited tasked by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited to unearth and stop Nigeria’s thievery of Nigeria’s Crude Oil and Hydrocarbons.
His arrest and detention by the EFCC as Nigeria recovers vandalized pipelines and records increased crude production, regaining her place as Africa’s leading Crude production nation is raising concerns on the war against crude theft in Nigeria.
Whether Warredi’s arrest is corruption fighting back or intended to stall successes recorded by Tompolo and his team remains to be seen.
Is Warredi’s arrest and incarceration part of moves to thwart efforts by the Federal to stop Crude Theft in the Niger Delta? Has Warredi stepped on big toes? Who wants crude theft to continue in Nigeria?
These are the questions being asked by Nigerians on the purported arrest of Capt Warredi by the EFCC.
Efforts to hear from EFCC has not yielded as Mr. Wilson Uwujera, spokesperson of the Commission told us he was in meeting and promised to call us back.