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Mr. Tompolo and other militants already have benefited financially from the amnesty program. The amnesty deal in 2009 offered cash settlements to former militants and the promise of job training.

Some who claim to be low-level former militants in the delta complained that the job training did not reach anyone and the millions of dollars that came into the program were taken by leaders and not shared.

A lawyer representing a delta militant leader called John Togo, who sparked violence that killed as many as 150 people in December 2010, said amnesty money promised through Mr. Tompolo never trickled down to fighters.

The scope of Global West’s contract remains unclear. Mr. Oyewole said it would likely begin in April with about 20 boats and possibly increase to more than 150.

Nigeria needs assistance in its campaign against piracy.

Recently, London-based insurers ranked the waters off Nigeria and nearby Benin as the same risk as off lawless Somalia, where piracy has persisted for years.

Analysts believe pirate attacks in Nigerian waters also remain underreported, as some shippers avoid making them public for fear of seeing their insurance premiums rise.