Former militant Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a.Tompolo who remains wanted by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked the Nigerian military to desist from invading Damaturu Kingdom in Delta State in search of pipeline-bombing Niger Delta Avengers militants whom he stated that he was not part of.
Speaking from an unknown location, Tompolo said:
“I still maintain that I know nothing about your group and the destruction of crude oil facilities in the Niger Delta region. That notwithstanding, for the love of country and out of patriotism, I wish to appeal to you once again to stop the bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, and embrace the path of dialogue with the Federal Government of Nigeria, as the government is ready to hear you out on whatever issues you wish to discuss with it.
“You guys know that I do not know you and how to reach you, except through the mass media. If truly as you guys claimed that you are fighting for the well-being of the people of the Niger Delta, then you must adhere to this appeal, otherwise, the world will label you as criminals. Come to think of the consequences of your actions in the region so far, particularly as it affects me and the people of Gbaramatu kingdom.
“Just yesterday (Saturday), the Nigerian Army invaded the ancestral headquarters of the kingdom, Oporoza town, under the guise of looking for members of your group, particularly me, who they have wickedly linked to your group, and unleashed mayhem on the innocent people of the community.
“And this happened in my absence as I am currently out of Gbaramatu kingdom, but what I gathered from some of the victims of the Army invasion is unspeakable. Even pots of soup were not spared. The Army has massively looted resident homes, desecrated traditional places of worship, committed sacrilege, abominations and what have you.”