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The Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ) confers "INTERNAL SECURITY MERITORIOUS AWARD", on the Chairman of TANTITA SECURITY SERVICES NIGERIA LIMITED (TSSNL), High Chief (DR.) Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, in recognition of the success recorded by his security outfit in the war against crude oil theft in the Niger Delta.
National President of NUJ, Dr. Chris Isiguzo (3rd from right) presenting the award to Ekpemupolo (3rd from left) on Saturday; others are, former member, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, High Chief Macdonald Igbadiwei; Speaker, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere; Principal Private Secretary to former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Dr. Hillary Obi Ibegbulem and President, Gbaramatu Youth Council, Comrade Kingsley Egbejule.


NUJ Honours Tompolo for Safeguarding Nigeria’s Oil Infrastructure

In a significant recognition of efforts to safeguard Nigeria’s oil and gas infrastructure and combat illicit activities in the Niger Delta, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has honoured former freedom fighter High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, with the “Internal Security Meritorious Award.”

The ceremony held on Saturday, March 2, 2023, at Oporoza Community, headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, marked a pivotal moment in acknowledging Tompolo’s contributions to national security.

Presenting the award, NUJ National President, Dr. Chris Isiguzo, lauded Tompolo’s patriotic dedication to restoring stability in Nigeria. Dr. Isiguzo emphasized the Union’s recognition of Tompolo’s role in combating oil theft, pipeline vandalism, and other illicit activities in the Niger Delta region.

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He said, “The NUJ, having properly profiled the activities of Chief Government Ekpemupolo, Alias Tompolo, the Union is impressed with his patriotic zeal to ensure that Nigeria works again.”

This award resulted from the National Security Conference in Abuja on February 22, 2024, where Dr. Solomon Arase, Chairman of the Police Service Commission and former Inspector General of Police, alongside other prominent figures, deliberated on strategies to address Nigeria’s pressing security challenges.

At the conference, discussions highlighted the multifaceted nature of insecurity across different regions, including armed banditry in the North West, insurgency in the North East, secessionist aspirations in the South East, and ritual killings and kidnapping in the South West.

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Tompolo’s efforts in maintaining peace in the Niger Delta were recognized as instrumental in curbing crude oil theft, a persistent threat to Nigeria’s economic stability. Dr. Isiguzo stressed the collective responsibility of all Nigerians in enhancing national security, urging collaboration with security agencies to foster development and prosperity.

Expressing gratitude for the honour, Tompolo reiterated his commitment to Nigeria’s advancement and protection, emphasizing the need for unity and collective effort in safeguarding government properties and facilities to protect the nation’s economy from sabotage. High Chief McDonald Igbadiwei echoed these sentiments, calling the Federal Government to provide Tompolo with the necessary support to secure oil facilities and bolster national revenue generation.

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The ceremony, attended by prominent figures including the Speaker of Bayelsa State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere and Traditional Prime Minister of Ijaw Gbaramatu Kingdom Hon. Chief MacDonald Igbadiwei, underscored the importance of collaborative efforts in ensuring Nigeria’s security and prosperity.

NUJ officials, including Secretary Shuaibu Usman Leman and Deputy National President Alhassan Zyahaya Abdullahi, were also present, along with Leaders of the Delta Council Executive, reaffirming the Union’s commitment to honouring those who contribute significantly to national stability.

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