Nigeria: Tompolo contract raises spectre of renewed militancy in Niger Delta

By Eniola Akinkuotu
Posted on Wednesday, 7 September 2022 13:19

Militants patrol the creeks of the Niger delta region of Nigeria January 30, 2007.
Militants patrol the creeks of the Niger delta region of Nigeria January 30, 2007. REUTERS/George Esiri (NIGERIA)

Meet the billionaire militant known as Tompolo: Nigeria declared him wanted, froze his accounts, seized his houses... then secretly awarded him a million dollar contract. Not everyone in the Niger Delta is happy about it.

“Government Ekpemepulo aka Tompolo: 47 year-old Tompolo is wanted in a case of conspiracy, illegal diversion of the sum of N34bn ($80.9bn) and N11.9bn ($28.3m) belonging to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). Dark complexioned Tompolo hails from Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West LGA of Delta State. He speaks Izon and English languages fluently. Two consecutive bench warrants have been issued, for the suspect’s arrest, from a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. His last known address is No 1, Chief Agbanu Street, DDPA Extension, Warri, Delta State”.