A pro-Biafra group, Biafra Nations League has claimed that the former Niger Delta warlord and commander of the defunct Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, is lobbying to recruiting its members to guard the oil pipelines.
Recall that amid criticisms, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government awarded the contract to Tompolo to protect pipelines bearing petroleum products.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, had alleged that security agencies, churches, mosques and communities where pipelines pass through were involved in pipeline vandalism and theft of petroleum products in the Niger Delta.
In a report filed by Sahara Reporters, it gathered that Tompolo was lobbying the BnL group to send men to the Niger Delta for his recently obtained pipeline security contract.
The Bakassi Chapter leader of BnL, Ita Bassey, confirmed that a General of the Black Marine, a suspected group under BnL brought the report.
However, Sahara Reporters learnt that the Pro-Biafra group turned down the offer as Bassey said that BnL had high respect and it would not be possible to be used by Tompolo to make money.