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The House of Representatives has stated that it would
investigate the six warships reportedly acquired by an ex-
militant leader, Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a,
Tompolo.
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on
Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Zakari Mohammed,
disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday, December 18.
According to the House, the alleged purchase of the six
warships by Tompolo gives cause for alarm, saying that it
raised security concerns at a time the country was facing
tough security challenges.
Furthermore, Mohammed recalled that two years ago, the
House attempted to investigate a pipeline security
contract the government awarded to Tompolo, but it was
portrayed as going against the Executive.
He said: “Each time we talk in the House, we are like a
bunch of nuisances. We had raised this issue of involving
private individuals in our waterways in the past, but the
House was not taken seriously. Now, we are where we
are today.”
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, December 17, the Nigerian
Navy disclosed that the warships belonged to NIMASA, a
Federal Government agency.
Mohammed also reacted to this, saying that the House
would be interested in knowing how a private individual
was able to perform a function that was statutorily the
Navy’s.
He added: “That function should have been performed by
the Navy. When we resume in January, our relevant
committees will be looking into the issue.”

Article Written by:  Panshak Ibrahim and earlier featured on Ynaija

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