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Tompolo to Seek Revenge for Father’s Death

The founder of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Government Ekpemupolo popularly know as Tompolo, has vowed that soldiers under the Joint Task Force (JTF) will pay for the death of his father Thomas Ekpemupolo. While speaking during the one year anniversary of his late father, the Niger Delta activist who is currently in hiding said the descendants of Thomas will not rest until the masterminds of his death are held accountable. The Nation reports that Tompolo said his fathers soul can finally find peace on the soldiers are brought to book.

High Chief Thomas, the Tunteriwei of Gbaramatu kingdom, died on September 7, 2016, following harassment by troops of the Nigerian Army.

“As we mourn and remember our late patriarch, we will seek justice to apprehend and hold accountable the very soldiers responsible for his murder so that he can finally rest in peace and we his descendants can be fulfilled. “I will also not be deterred by persecution and state act of terror against my person and communities in Ijaw land in the quest for the emancipation of our land and people,” Tompolo vowed. “He sustained injuries in one of his legs and due to lack of medical facilities in the area he could not be treated and could also not be timely evacuated because of the siege and blockade by the Nigerian Army,”

The activist also denied any involvement in the looting of funds belonging to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). “I have been marked as state enemy number one by the President Muhammadu Buhari regime because of my natural and open association with my kinsman and former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan,” he said. Tompolo also denied involvement in the destruction carried out by Niger Delta Avenger militants in the region.

He further accused the Nigerian Navy of looting his waterfront properties and jetties worth over N10 billion. “In the last taken inventory of my facility, there was over 10 billon naira worth of building and other materials in the Jetty, but information reaching me now has it that the Jetty has been stripped bare by service personnel of the Joint Task Force [JTF],” Tompolo added.

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