He The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said it is unaware of the alleged arrest of Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited Executive, Operations and Technical Director, Warredi Enisuoh.
The security company owned by a former commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Head of Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, recently won a pipeline surveillance contract worth more than N40bn from the Federal Government.
Enisuoh was said to have been arrested on Thursday after complying with the EFCC’s invitation and had since been detained by the anti-corruption agency.
Tompolo raised the alarm in a statement on Saturday signed by a member of the company’s communication department, Mr. Olufemi Agha, a copy of which was sent to sunday punch.
The company alleged that Enisuoh played a vital role in the N48bn pipeline surveillance contract that was recently awarded to Tompolo by the Federal Government in September 2022, amid counter-reactions from many Nigerians.
So far, Tantita has uncovered more than 58 illegal extraction points used by crude oil thieves in Delta and Bayelsa states.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan stated that Nigeria lost between 700,000 and 900,000 barrels of oil per day due to crude theft, resulting in a loss of oil revenue of between 29 and 35 percent in the first quarter of 2022.
With Enisuoh’s arrest, Tantita alleged that the operations at the surveillance sites had been “dangerous by the EFCC.”
Agha also alleged that “some powerful forces in the country are hiding behind EFCC agents to use the commission to scuttle the intensified action against the theft of Nigerian oil resources in the country.”
He stressed that Enisuoh’s arrest came “in the midst of an ongoing operation to unravel one of the country’s largest oil theft cartels.”
Agha further claimed that the detained director has been ‘pressured’ by the EFCC to reveal his “intelligence resource”.
“Tantita has been in the news for the incredible progress being made in returning Nigeria to its place of honor as the leading oil producer in Africa. However, as we speak, efforts are being made to throttle Tantita’s operations.
“On January 19, 2023, Tantita’s Executive Director of Operations and Technical, Captain Warredi Enisuoh, was invited by the EFCC and detained. He has been in EFCC custody ever since.
“All efforts to secure his release have failed, as the commission has insisted that unless he provides a list of names that were his intelligence sources, he will not be released.
“The EFCC invitation came right in the middle of an ongoing operation to unravel one of the largest oil theft cartels in this country,” the statement read in part,” it added.
The company, however, explained that Enisuoh had four cases with the anti-corruption commission of which they claimed three had been won.
In September, a month after Tantita started operations, Agha said the EFCC invited Enisuoh to ask how he got access to his bank accounts.
The statement further alleged that the EFCC was placing a condition on Enisuoh to provide the names of those who received money from the account, which it did not do, as the individuals involved were “intelligence assets who provided valuable intelligence and need to be protected.” “.
“However, as the war on oil thieves intensified, many of them continued to threaten that those who tried to stop their nefarious business would pay a heavy price for doing so,” the statement added.
Reacting to Tompolo’s accusations, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwajaren, when contacted by one of our correspondents, said he was unaware of the arrest.
“I do not know what you’re talking about. I’m not aware of that,” she said.