The House of Representatives has concluded plans to probe the reported acquisition of warships by a company owned by an ex-Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo), Daily Trust reports.
Speaking at an interaction with journalists in Abuja yesterday, Chairman, House committee on Media and Public Affairs, Honourable Zakari Mohammed said the house was concerned about the development, therefore the House will investigate the issue once it resumes next year January.
The lawmaker, representing Baruten/Kaiama Federal Constituency in Kwara state said the development was scary and worrisome.
Zakari further said such procurements of that magnitude was supposed to be the sole responsibility of the Nigerian navy and not outsourced to an individual or a private organisation.
He said: “This is a cause for concern. We have gotten certain systems wrong in the country. The development is scary and worrisome. We thought such procurement was handled by the Navy. On resumption, the relevant House Committees will look into it to know the facts of the matter.
“The individual (Tompolo) was paid to protect our waterways but the irony is that we still have a lot of leakages. The House of Representatives faulted that contract but our reservations were buried in sentiments,” he concluded.
Two days back, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi disclosed that the five war ships acquired by Tompolo’s company, Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, were purchased on behalf of the agency.
In another development, recent reports suggest that the structure of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state is now under the control of Tompolo.