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Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Demdem(m): 6:21pm On Aug 22, 2012
President Jonathan's High-Priced Militants: Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Ateke Tom Paid Millions of Dollars Annually


America’s Wall Street Journal today revealed [/b]the mind-boggling million dollar sums that the Nigerian government has been paying Niger Delta warlords to keep them off the oil pipelines in the past 12 months.

[b]Mr. Dokubo Asari, the former warlord that first shot to national limelight collects $9million every year to keep his estimated 4000 soldiers at bay. ‘General’ Ateke Toms and ‘General‘ Ebikabowei Boyloaf Victor Ben collect $3.5million apiece while General Government Tompolo Ekpumopolo is the most priced of all: he gets $22.5 million yearly.


The newspaper said the figures were gotten from senior officials of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, which makes the payment direct to these warlords.

While Dokubo shrugged off the huge payment he receives, about N1.44 billion, as nothing unusual, there is the belief that the selective payments have bred some jealousy among other militants, not so rewarded, who in reaction continue to pillage Nigeria’s crude oil pipelines. Nigeria loses no less than 10 per cent of its crude production to oil thieves on prowl in the Niger Delta, despite the programme of pacification called the Amnesty Programme.

By Shell’s account, no less than 150,000 barrels of Nigeria’s production are stolen daily, a very low estimate in the eyes of many Niger Delta watchers.

The Wall Street Journal said in its report that government plans to spend $450 million on the amnesty programme this year alone, despite the increasing theft of crude in the region.

Said the respected journal: The gilded pacification campaign is offered up by the government as a success story. But others say the program, including a 2009 amnesty, has sent young men in Nigeria’s turbulent delta a different message: that militancy promises more rewards than risks.

http://saharareporters.com/news-page/prpresident-jonathans-high-priced-militants-asari-dokubo-tompolo-ateke-tom-paid-millions-d
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Demdem(m): 6:29pm On Aug 22, 2012
These MEND foools told us they were fighting for the emancipation of the Niger-delta however recent events has revealed that they were indeed fighting for the emancipation of their pockets. Actually, nothing is wrong in fighting for ones pockets but when one remembers that innocent lives were lost in achieving these selfish desires of theirs, one is forced to call for justice on behalf of families that lost loved ones as a results of these foools acts.

The ND region still needs to be emancipated. The vast majority of the people are suffering and there hasnt been any real efforts by the govts to help them till date. Amnesty money is simply going to crooks. Amnesty to me is a fraud and its not in anyway solving the problems of the Niger-delta.

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by floriana(m): 7:01pm On Aug 22, 2012
Another valid reason to prove that Nigeria is a completely hopeless country
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by PapaBrowne(m): 12:07am On Aug 23, 2012
Ok so these guys are paid like 50million dollars yearly. How is that a big deal? Or should they go back to the creeks? When they were in the creeks they were earning much more. Nigeria was producing just 700,000 barrels daily. Today we have added 2 million barrels to that. Because these guys are paid 50 million doillars yearly, we are now earning approximately 200 million dollars daily which is 70 billion dollars yearly.
My brother, it is only common sense to pay them. The FG doesn't have the capacity to manage another Niger Delta crises. The country will collapse in a second if that happens again. Trust me, this era is different from 2008. In 2008, we didn't have 18,000 as minimum wage neither did we have the Boko Haram scourge!
Anything to keep them off the creeks is just fine. Trust me that figure is way below the real figures. Over 1 Billion dollars is spent to keep them off the creeks. But it is worth every penny as we can see in our improved oil earnings!

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by sbeezy8: 12:09am On Aug 23, 2012
PapaBrowne: Ok so these guys are paid like 50million dollars yearly. How is that a big deal? Or should they go back to the creeks? When they were in the creeks they were earning much more. Nigeria was producing just 700,000 barrels daily. Today we have added 2 million barrels to that. Because these guys are paid 50 million doillars yearly, we are now earning approximately 200 million dollars daily which is 70 billion dollars yearly.
My brother, it is only common sense to pay them. The FG doesn't have the capacity to manage another Niger Delta crises. The country will collapse in a second if that happens again. Trust me, this era is different from 2008. In 2008, we didn't have 18,000 as minimum wage neither did we have the Boko Haram scourge!
Anything to keep them off the creeks is just fine. Trust me that figure is way below the real figures. Over 1 Billion dollars is spent to keep them off the creeks. But it is worth every penny as we can see in our improved oil earnings!

Hypocrite

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by tpia5: 3:05am On Aug 23, 2012
nice!!!!!!!
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Kobojunkie: 3:11am On Aug 23, 2012
Turns out that in Nigeria, Crime really does pay exceptionally well! grin

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by taharqa: 4:53am On Aug 23, 2012
Shee some of u guys have been saying that Amnesty was the signature(some say ONLY) achievement of the Yar'adua's regime? Oya na, see achievement ni!!...by the way, why is it paining some people sef? Who get the Oil in question? Abi those ppl who own more than 90% of the oil wells in another man's backyard get 10 heads? So if the argument is not about the Appropriateness(or otherwise) of the Amnesty itself and how we "negotiate" differences in this country, I dont see why anybody should be disturbing him/her self. Compared to others these monies small jor

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by dayokanu(m): 5:05am On Aug 23, 2012
I hope in no time in the future would MEND return and say they are fighting for the Niger Delta marginalisation again
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by monkeyleg: 6:44am On Aug 23, 2012
Lovely. Chop and quench. Absolute cowboy country
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Super1759: 7:05am On Aug 23, 2012
An soo what? Even if they go home with one billon naira.
Federal gov and oil companies exploits their land with its natural resources and make the land useless with spillages. Beside as owners of the land, they should have lion share of the national cake.
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by luvinhubby(m): 7:20am On Aug 23, 2012
sbeezy8:

Hypocrite
How is he one?

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by wesley80(m): 7:28am On Aug 23, 2012
Hope they r entitled to some kind of annual review? With production hitting an all time high these guys should have their pay packages reviewed upwards.

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Demdem(m): 7:35am On Aug 23, 2012
dayokanu: I hope in no time in the future would MEND return and say they are fighting for the Niger Delta marginalisation again

Of cos they will. Its a matter of time. Another criminous group will spring up for no where for the same marginalisation reason. The enviroment is still miserable than before. it would have been better if all these funds are spent on the enviroment as regards infrastructures instead of going to personal hands.

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Omen100(m): 8:02am On Aug 23, 2012
Super1759: An soo what? Even if they go home with one billon naira.
Federal gov and oil companies exploits their land with its natural resources and make the land useless with spillages. Beside as owners of the land, they should have lion share of the national cake.

A compound fool is what you are, what land are you talking about? angry are they the only people from that locality "fool" angry. what about the women who have have lost their husband's, son's & even daughter's? grin. Do you know how many friends have have lost as a result of some persons selfish goal? grin these are the some set of people that claimed to be fighting for the interest of niger-deltan's but time has made us understand that they are only fighting an Ijaw fight using niger-delta degradation as their course of fighting. its obvious that crime pays.

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Gbawe: 8:38am On Aug 23, 2012
sbeezy8:

Hypocrite

Indeed, and one who will say or attempt to spin anything , however senseless, to defend his camp. It is never a good thing anywhere to empower the most criminal-minded in the land. Look at Somalia, Mexico and Colombia as case studies of Nations now at the mercy of extremism and criminality. Beyond militancy, many of these illiterate killers are now looking for legitimacy, power and vaste wealth. GEJ is giving it to them and doing it brazenly. Those who see the big picture know that this cynical action will end in tears for the the ND region same as some of us warned what Boko Haram would become.

It is only a matter of time before criminals and gangsters control everything in the ND. I don't know why some cannot learn from the mistakes of others. We all saw OBJ turn the SW into an arena of criminality where gangsters were Governors , operating with 'killer squads', and illiterate "garrison commanders" controlled politicians. This is why, love or hate Tinubu, you have to rate him for not allowing the SW to descend further into a criminal zone. We can now look forward to the likes of Akeredolu contesting guber elections whereas OBJ would have been very happy to support Shina Rambo.

'Goodluck' to the ND region. They will need it considering the power based and republic of criminality GEJ is building that will hold the region hostage for decades. WHat GEJ is shortsightedly doing to his own region is terrible. As usual, many , like Papabrowne, won't see it, because of ethnic bigotry, until it becomes a National headache for us all.

http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/front-page-news/41484-oil-thieves-have-hijacked-political-power-nnpc-raises-alarm-says-nigeria-loses-180000-crude-oil-barrels-to-oil-thieves-daily


Oil thieves have hijacked political power - NNPC raises alarm •Says Nigeria loses 180,000 crude oil barrels to oil thieves daily


Written by Idowu Samuel
Friday, 25 May 2012
CRIMINALS and crude oil thieves have taken over the oil fields in the Niger Delta and have used the proceeds of oil theft to hijack political power in Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), raised the alarm on Thursday.

The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparent Initiative (NEITI), Mrs Zainab Ahmed, had earlier lamented the activities of the crude oil thieves in the creeks of Niger Delta, whose activities she said had denied Nigeria a whopping sum of $4.6 million in just two years.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Austin Oniwon, lamented the increasing wave of criminal activities in the Niger Delta, which he said was causing Nigeria to lose an estimated 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Ghana, he noted, required only 120,000 barrels of crude oil daily to survive, expressing dismay that the rate at which criminals were prospecting for crude oil illegally in the country had reached an alarming level.

Oniwon said the miscreants behind illegal oil bunkering in the zone had sponsored the election of local government chairmen and now have the capacity to sponsor and produce more state governors, adding that they even have the potential to fund the emergence of a Nigerian president in the future.

He dropped the hints when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), paid him a courtesy visit, as part of their oversight function, as he urged the lawmakers to enact legislation aimed at arresting the increasing wave of oil theft in Nigeria.

He said it was regrettable to note that criminals had taken over the most part of Niger Delta...” They have amassed so much wealth that they are beginning to look for political power. They have been sponsoring local government chairmen. The chairmen have also been sponsoring governors. And these people, if not checked in time, will one day produce the president of Nigeria.”

He said such a situation had occurred in countries like Colombia and Mexico where criminals dealing in drugs sponsored the presidents of the countries as a means of promoting their illegal trades.

Oniwon said Nigeria should waste no time in combating the nefarious activities of the oil thieves against the implication of its neighbours like Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia, which are now producing oil in commercial quantities, a development which may cripple the economy of Nigeria, anchored mainly on oil.

The NNPC boss urged the National Assembly not to delay in passing the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which, he noted, was capable of curbing irregularities in the Nigerian oil sector, adding that the bill, if eventually passed into law had the capacity to promote the emergence of a strong national oil company.

The House Committee Chairman on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Honourable Ajibola Muraina, who led members to the NNPC Towers, Abuja, equally lamented the growing capacity of crude oil thieves, as he urged the government of Nigeria to devise stringent means of preventing criminals from prospecting Nigeria’s crude oil illegally.

Muraina said the House of Representatives would work harmoniously with NNPC in sanitising the oil industry, even as he urged the corporation to, henceforth, begin to implement most of the recommendations by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the means of maintaining sanity in the Nigerian oil sector.


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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Demdem(m): 8:44am On Aug 23, 2012
Even if u are to pay them anything, the minimum wage/scale should be considered and be used. are these thugs any better than peace loving Niger delta civil servants that have given their best over the years. Surely, crime pays. That is the message the govt is trying to pass across.
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Afam4eva(m): 8:53am On Aug 23, 2012
I was against amnesty from day one. How do you grease the palm of criminals who claimed they were fighting fro the Niger Delta when the real NIger Deltans are suffering and the region is a cagey macabar dance.
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Nobody: 8:53am On Aug 23, 2012
I CANNOT BELIEVE that someone is actually justifying this. Has it gotten so bad that we now justify every misstep of this government? How can we justify such blind diversion of our resources? Hasn't the government considered that if the plight of Niger Deltans had proactively been taken care of, the "legitimacy" of these criminals (because that is what they are) would have been removed?

Well if y'all won't, I'll call it what it is: LOOTING. angry

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Nobody: 8:54am On Aug 23, 2012
If this is what they earn as salaries,I don't mind being a niger delta militant warlady! What a lucrative business! undecided
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by omenziate(m): 8:55am On Aug 23, 2012
Get d money in Naija by hook or crook, dats the MOTTO. If u can't read and get a decent job, try crime of any degree. Naija is a clear scenario of hw crime pays.
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Gbawe: 8:55am On Aug 23, 2012
Demdem: Even if u are to pay them anything, the minimum wage/scale should be considered and be used. are these thugs any better than peace loving Niger delta civil servants that have given their best over the years. Surely, crime pays. That is the message the govt is trying to pass across.[b][/b]


Many Nigerian leaders obviously only respect killers and thugs. Empowering and capitulating to criminals, murderers and extremists is the trend today. Your guess is as good as mine as per where this approach will take Nigeria. Many case studies exists worldwide.

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Demdem(m): 8:56am On Aug 23, 2012
HNosegbe: I CANNOT BELIEVE that someone is actually justifying this. Has it gotten so bad that we now justify every misstep of this government? How can we justify such blind diversion of our resources? Hasn't the government considered that if the plight of Niger Deltans had proactively been taken care of, the "legitimacy" of these criminals (because that is what they are) would have been removed?

Well if y'all won't, I'll call it what it is: LOOTING. angry

Word !!!
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Afam4eva(m): 8:56am On Aug 23, 2012
The militants during their days of terror should have given the government terms such as building quality schools in the region etc.
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by slap1(m): 8:58am On Aug 23, 2012
Jonathan is a BIG FOOL, if this is true. He went to school without shoes and graduated without brains. ID.IO.T.

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Biggyd2: 8:59am On Aug 23, 2012
The kingdom suffers violence and only the violent taketh it by force. This government seems to listen to only the violent. Sad really. undecided
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Demdem(m): 8:59am On Aug 23, 2012
Gbawe:

Many Nigerian leaders obviously only respect killers and thugs. Empowering and capitulating to criminals, murderers and extremists is the trend today. Your guess is as good as mine as per where this approach will take Nigeria. Many case studies exists worldwide.

Seriously, u are on point. How many hardworking civil servants or even peace loving citizens have been given a presidential handshake even from the Niger-delta. These shows what our leaders sees as priorities

Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Nobody: 9:02am On Aug 23, 2012
Demdem: These MEND foools told us they were fighting for the emancipation of the Niger-delta however recent events has revealed that they were indeed fighting for the emancipation of their pockets. Actually, nothing is wrong in fighting for ones pockets but when one remembers that innocent lives were lost in achieving these selfish desires of theirs, one is forced to call for justice on behalf of families that lost loved ones as a results of these foools acts.

The ND region still needs to be emancipated. The vast majority of the people are suffering and there hasnt been any real efforts by the govts to help them till date. Amnesty money is simply going to crooks. Amnesty to me is a fraud and its not in anyway solving the problems of the Niger-delta.
They never fought for anyone, it was always about their pockets. I know some of these people on a very personal level. To start with, it is cheaper to pay a few than actually emancipate the niger delta.
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by XFive: 9:02am On Aug 23, 2012
This is so unfortunate and a typical example of the fact that crime pays. How can someone who have killed and maimed people of this country and destroyed peoples properties and then becomes a warlord be paid this kind of money? let the Government continue the so called amnesty programme because once they stops, there will be big trouble and the fight for emancipation will resume. What a country
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by slap1(m): 9:04am On Aug 23, 2012
Just like T.A Orji, who bought keke for the Aba 'Yorkers' (the largest union of hemp smokers in Nigeria, in my opinion), bought a bus for them and fenced their 'bunk' so they'd smoke in peace. . .pathetic country!

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Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Nobody: 9:06am On Aug 23, 2012
blink182: They never fought for anyone, it was always about their pockets. I know some of these people on a very personal level. To start with, it is cheaper to pay a few than actually emancipate the niger delta.

And that is all.
Re: Salaries Of Niger-delta Militant Warlords Revealed by Sealeddeal(m): 9:07am On Aug 23, 2012
PapaBrowne: Ok so these guys are paid like 50million dollars yearly. How is that a big deal? Or should they go back to the creeks? When they were in the creeks they were earning much more. Nigeria was producing just 700,000 barrels daily. Today we have added 2 million barrels to that. Because these guys are paid 50 million doillars yearly, we are now earning approximately 200 million dollars daily which is 70 billion dollars yearly.
My brother, it is only common sense to pay them. The FG doesn't have the capacity to manage another Niger Delta crises. The country will collapse in a second if that happens again. Trust me, this era is different from 2008. In 2008, we didn't have 18,000 as minimum wage neither did we have the Boko Haram scourge!
Anything to keep them off the creeks is just fine. Trust me that figure is way below the real figures. Over 1 Billion dollars is spent to keep them off the creeks. But it is worth every penny as we can see in our improved oil earnings!
...you are right.

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