By Ilemobade J A S
Government Ekpemupolo, ex-militant leader better known as Tompolo is a criminal and must be treated as such.
He is in the circle of criminals like El Chapo, Pablo Escobar, Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, Leroy Barnes, Kenneth Mcgriff and Lawrence Anini.
These fellows are notorious felons. Enemies of the various States in which they perpetrated their heinous crimes against the populace and the National Security/Economy (Terrorism, Economic Sabotage, Treason, Murder).
The Nigerian Government must not take the threat from Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo with kid gloves because he and his group of Criminal Militants are serious immediate threat to the security of the nation in all ramifications.
Since the granting of amnesty to ex-militant by the Umaru Yar’Adua administration in which Tompolo is one of the beneficiaries, he has not for once cease his nefarious activities as a bandit and a law breaker rather he was encouraged by the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan administration in this direction with the provision of criminal illegal government contracts.
The Constitution of Nigeria is succinctly clear in respect of what actions and inactions constitute Economic Sabotage; Treason, Murder and Terrorism, including the ownership of mineral resources in, on, under and above the geopolitical entity given the nomenclature Nigeria.
Given the various actions of Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo since and after the amnesty up till the writing of this piece, he has violated numerous extant laws of Nigeria that an Atomic option is a prerequisite for the resolution of what I call a standoff with the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
What is an Atomic option you may ask.
That is a National Security Strategic Imperative and those in the know, would decipher what to do to achieve such an operation…
List of offences against the Nigerian State by Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo. This list is not exhaustive.
1. TERRORISM AND TREASON: I have written about these in my blog see the links below:
Tompolo use of violence to coerce or intimidate the Nigerian state and its people to change the course of judicial processes in an ongoing investigation or criminal charges filed against him by the Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is an act of terrorism.
To use terror as an instrumentarium to coerce or intimidate the Nigerian state, its people and by inference/extension the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces is a treasonable act under offence against public order.
Terrorism… “Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them.” -United NationsA/RES/49/60 84th plenary meeting 9 December 1994
This latest action by Tompolo or whoever blew up oil installations between Ikpokpo and Odidi flow stations or Escravos Gas Pipeline, which resulted in multiple loses to the nation is/was an action calculated to provoke a state of fear and terror in the general public.
2. ECONOMIC SABOTAGE:
Nigerian Constitution vividly elaborates on the ownership of all oil and gas resources onshore and offshore in Nigeria.
The fundamental instrumentarium that guides all activities in relation to/with the government and the citizenry is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It states in section 44(3) ”Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, the entire property in and control of all minerals, mineral oils and natural gas in under or upon any land in Nigeria or in, under or upon the territorial waters and the Exclusive Economic Zone of Nigeria shall vest in the Government of the Federation and shall be managed in such manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly”. -Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.
The implication of this section is that no Nigeria citizen, Corporation, (Foreign/Nigerian) individual (s) without an explicit contractual agreement with the Nigerian Government can undertake any exploration or extraction activities in the oil and gas sectors of the economy. All activities in the above mentioned sectors of the economy without an express legal agreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria are illegal, null and void and they are criminal engagements.
Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo is guilty of criminal engagement with his bunkering activity in the Niger Delta.
Tompolo criminal Ecomonic Sabotage which has led to multiple loses Financial, Industrial Production and Energy Generation wise must be punished severely.
Babatunde Fashola statments on the incidents give us a clear picture “as security agencies intensify the search for culprits behind the act, it has been established that the weekend’s attack on the Nigeria Gas Company’s pipeline connected to Chevron Nigeria Limited’s facility at Escravos, will impact negatively on the Olorunsogo NIPP plant (capacity 600MW), and other Power Plants.”
“The sabotaged gas pipeline which contributes to the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) has led to a loss of 160mmsfcd of gas daily. At a cost of $2.50 per thousand scf, this loss means about $400,000 loss to the country on a daily basis (N78,800,000 daily) in gas volume. This is in addition to losses to be incurred daily from affected Power generation ($1,988,223 or N391,680,000 daily). The total daily loss to the country is therefore estimated at N470,479,931. Repairs of the damaged pipeline is estimated as costing ($609,137 or N120,000.000).”
“The real sector of the economy has also been counting its losses as some cement companies around Olorunsogo like Ewekoro and Ibese are also affected.”-Babatunde Fashola
Blowing up oil and gas pipelines as a means of coercing the Federal Government of Nigeria or intimidate the Nigerian State and its people to change the course of judicial processes in an ongoing investigation or criminal charges filed against him by the Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is an act of Economic Sabotage.
HERE IS THE PETROLEUM PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION (ANTI-SABOTAGE) ACT: https://dpr.gov.ng/index/acts-and-regulations/
PLEASE, NOTE THAT THIS ACT IS SPECIFICALLY PROMULGATED AGAINST ILLEGAL DAMAGE TO OIL AND GAS PIPELINES INCLUSIVE OTHER ANCILLARY INFRASTRUCTURES.
Offence of sabotage
(1) Any person who does any of the following things, that is to say-
(a) wilfully does anything with intent to obstruct or prevent the production or dis-
tribution of petroleum products in any part of Nigeria; or
(b) wilfully does anything with intent to obstruct or prevent the procurement of
petroleum products for distribution in any part of Nigeria; or
(c) wilfully does anything in respect of any vehicle or any public highway with
intent to obstruct or prevent the use of that vehicle or that public highway for
the distribution of petroleum products,
shall, if by doing that thing he, to any significant extent, causes or contributes to any in-
terruption in the production or distribution of petroleum products in any part of Nigeria,
be guilty of the offence of sabotage under this Act.
(2) Any person who-
(a) aids another person; or
(b) incites, counsels or procures any other person, to do any of the things specified in subsection (1) of this section shall, whether or not that
other person actually does the thing in question, be guilty of the offence of sabotage un-
der this Act.
2. Penalty for offence of sabotage
Any person who commits an offence of sabotage under section 1 of this Act, shall be
liable on conviction to be sentenced either to death or to imprisonment for a term not ex-
ceeding 21 years.
The Federal High Court shall have exclusive jurisdiction to try any offence committed
under this Act.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
“petroleum products” includes motor spirits, gas oil, diesel oil, automotive gas oil,
fuel oil, aviation fuel, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gases and any lubricating oil or
greases or other lubricant;
“public highway” means any road to which members of the public have access;
“vehicle” means anything constructed or adapted for use in the transportation of pe-
troleum products by land, sea or air.
5. Short title
This Act may be cited as the Petroleum Production and Distribution (Anti-Sabotage)
No Subsidiary Legislation
From the foregoing it is self evident that Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo is a fugitive (NUMERO UNO) who has committed grievious criminal malversation against the Nigerian State and its people.
We must not and we cannot deal with Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo as if we are playing with a Teddybeer.
Federal Government of Nigeria must as a matter of reasonable urgency adopt an ATOMIC OPTION in the resolution of this festering cancer in the Niger Delta.
OTUNBA ADE ILEMOBADE is a philosopher
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