The Oodua people’s Congress (OPC) yesterday asked the police to produce three of its operatives guarding petroleum pipeline for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Shagamu, Ogun State.
According to a statement yesterday by the organisation, those missing were: Babatunde Adeyemi, Roland Ajayi and Orung beja Dele Osagie.
The trio reportedly went missing after a confrontation with the police in the Shagamu, Ogun State, axis of the pipeline security contract that OPC holds with the Federal Government through the New Age Global Business Ltd.
In a statement issued in Lagos by Prince Sylvester Eweka, the OPC Publicity Secretary, the organisation said that the men went missing after an armed military task force attempted to forcefully eject them from their area of operation at the pipeline.
The three men were part of the 4,000 private security operatives employed by New Age Global Business Ltd, the contractor NNPC hired to provide security against criminals engaged in pipeline vandalism and petroleum products stealing.
At the weekend, NNPC abruptly sent an SMS message terminating the pipeline security contract with effect from June 15, 2015.
The OPC security outfits involved in the contract are be- ing owed three months by the NNPC, and they have been unable to pay personnel on the project.
On Sunday, a lorry load of task force members invaded the Shagamu area, claiming it had orders to forcefully reclaim con- trol of the pipeline area.
Irked by this unceremonious move, the private security operatives said they had no signal from their management to va- cate the site.
However, after the ensuing fracas, three men could not be accounted for by their team leaders.
Many of the private security operatives fled the scene, amidst shooting by the task force.
The statement said, “The action of the Task Force is suspect. We have been rendering self- less and patriotic to protect the nation’s pipelines and prevent vandals from stealing petroleum products. How come it is our patriotic security operatives who are now being harassed, haunted and brutalised?
“Apart from the missing men, the uniformed men also carted away telephone handsets and cash.