Tompolo Speaks From Hiding, Says JFT Will Pay For Father's Death

Niger Delta activist and founder of the Defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Chief Governor, Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) has vowed to make soldiers pay for the death of his father, Chief Thomas Osen Ekpemupolo, one year ago. Speaking on the first year anniversary of the death of the late Chief Thomas, […]

MEND backs out of peace talks

MEND accused the Niger Delta leaders of hypocrisy, adding that they were silent under the “wasted” years of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan. Dimeji Akinloye The Federal Government’s peace talks with the Niger Deltastakeholders has suffered a major setback. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has backed out of the process meant to resolve […]

How Tompolo defeated President Buhari, security agencies in the Niger Delta

Government Ekpemukpolo, aka Tompolo, has been on the wanted list of the Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). But while the search for him appeared to have yielded no result following his ‘invisibility’, the security agencies and the EFCC working under the instructions of President Muhammadu Buhari have allegedly abandoned the search. Austin Oyibode […]

Niger Delta: Violent clash disrupts Tompolo’s 46th birthday

The 46th birthday lecture of fugitive ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, ended on a violent note on Wednesday when factional groups of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), engaged each other a gun fight. Various Ijaw interest groups and some of Tompolo’s associates had put the lecture together to celebrate the life […]

Nigeria's amnesty plan for militants facing funding challenges: official

The Nigerian government’s amnesty program designed to keep militants from attacking oil facilities in the Niger Delta is facing funding problems, posing a potential challenge to efforts to curb violence in the region and raise oil production, a government official said Sunday. Nigeria had been paying hundreds of millions of dollars annually to former Niger […]

How amnesty efforts in the Niger Delta triggered new violence

Tarila Marclint Ebiede, University of Leuven and Arnim Langer, University of Leuven The introduction of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programmes have become common practice in countries emerging from violent conflict. Arguably, the most difficult aspect is the successful and long-term reintegration of former combatants into civilian life. In Nigeria this was certainly the case. The […]

Tompolo’s Deal With NIMASA Risks Revocation

By Kelvin Ebiri There are indications that the Federal Government might terminate the multibillion-dollar maritime surveillance contract between ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Government Tompolo’s firm and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). Global West Vessel Specialists Limited (GWVSL) has an existing Public Private Partnership PPP, agreement with NIMASA for surveillance and patrol of […]

JTF storms militants' camp with Fighter Jets, Gunboats

It was reported that the former militant group, MEND had abandoned the camp but now occupied by sea pirates. Dimeji Akinloye Operation Delta Safe, a Joint Task Force (JTF), has raided a suspected militants’ camp in Okosugbene along the Burutu/Warri in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta. It gathered that the military personnel stormed the […]

Father of Ex-Niger Delta Militant Tompolo Dies After 'Military Incursion'

Tompolo is in hiding after an arrest warrant was issued on charges of corruption. BY CONOR GAFFEY The father of an ex-Niger Delta militant leader has reportedly died following injuries sustained during incursions by the Nigerian military, potentially exacerbating tensions in the crisis-hit oil-producing region. The Niger Delta has been the site of regular militant […]