Warships sold to ex-MEND commander

Tompolo alleged owner of anti piracy firm.

Nigeria: Security Sources Flay Tompolo Over Warships

By Ronald Mutum

Top security sources, yesterday, reacted to reports that ex-Niger Delta militant Mr Government Ekpemupolo Tompolo has purchased naval battle ships from the Norwegian government.

The sources said that given the insecurity in some parts of the country, the purported purchase of the war ships was an irregular transaction.

A security source who did not want his name in print said the issue was political and ill-timed, especially when security agencies were trying to tackle the problem of proliferation of arms in the country.

An online newspaper Premium Times, which broke the story, quoted a Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, which reported that Tompolo in 2012 received at least six decommissioned Norwegian battleships.

The gunships included six fast-speed Hauk-class guided missile boats, now re-armed with new weapons.

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Source: allafrica.com

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