Norway Regrets Selling Warships
Ships sold to former militant in Nigeria.
Nigeria: Norway Regrets Selling Warships to Ex-Niger Delta Militant, Tompolo
Norwegian Defence Chief, Haakon Bruun-Hansen, an admiral, has apologised to the country’s lawmakers for the sale of a fleet of a decommissioned naval battleships and combats boats to a former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo.
Mr. Ekpemupolo was the leader of one of the several militias in the Niger Delta region that led a devastating campaign of violence against the Nigerian state for several years until he was awarded a multi-billion pipeline protection contract by the out-going Goodluck Jonathan administration as part of an amnesty deal with ex-combatants.
Among them were six fast-speed Hauk-class guided missile boats, now re-armed with new weapons.
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