Leader of the Niger Delta Vigilante
Commentary: He promised Jonathan he would renounce violence in October 2009. In
1999, he had formed a vigilante group to fight the Bush Boys and at the
2003 elections in Rivers State, his ‘Icelanders’ delivered victory for
the People’s Democratic Party in Okrika local government, an opposition
stronghold. His group, Niger Delta Vigilantes, took over the KKK and
Greenlanders gang, beheading its leader, Julius. Until the 2004
peace accords, his rivalry with Dokubo-Asari paralysed the Delta for a year.
Tom has renounced militancy but could resume operations if political
patronage dries up.