For Tompolo, a familiar terrain
The storm is gathering once again in the oil-rich Niger Delta and in the thick of it is ex-militant chief, Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, pitted against the federal government.
Tompolo has been having a ding-dong affair with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over allegations of laundering about N13 billion in a shady land deal.
While the EFCC insists it has duly invited the dreaded Tompolo to answer questions to his involvement in the deal, the warlord has countered that he was yet to be properly served with any invitation.
But all the dramatics is in the dustbin now as pipelines have gone up in flames in Gbaramatu, Tompolo’s stronghold hours after he raised alarm of plans to rope him in attacks on the oil installations.
Given that there is a General of no mean feat, a man given to extra constitutional means to obtain results ruling Nigeria, would Ekpemupolo walk the path of dialogue or take on federal might like he did once?
Can he spare his people the ordeal of military incursion with its attendant collateral damage? Or would he once again turn oil installations to wrecks and make Nigeria pay dearly?
In this game of thrones between two Governments, one can only see one way out: a perilous end.