Niger Delta activist and founder of the Defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Governor, Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) has vowed to make soldiers pay for the death of his father, Chief Thomas Osen Ekpemupolo, one year ago.
Niger Delta activist and founder of the Defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Chief Governor, Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) has vowed to make soldiers pay for the death of his father, Chief Thomas Osen Ekpemupolo, one year ago.
Speaking on the first year anniversary of the death of the late Chief Thomas, Tompolo said descendants of the late patriarch would not rest until the masterminds of his death are found and held accountable.
Tompolo, who is on the run over alleged N13 billion fraud, said that the search for justice would be prosecuted through legal means.
“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 the state act of terror against my person and communities in Ijaw land in the quest for the emancipation of our land and people,” he vowed.
It would be recalled that father of the former militant leader died from injuries he sustained when soldiers invaded the Gbaramatu clan in Warri Southwest Local Government Area of Delta State in September 2016.
The octogenarian, who was allegedly brutalized by rampaging soldiers, later died in a private hospital in Warri, after his limbs were amputated in a desperate bid to save his life.
While using the incident as a reference, Tompolo who is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the alleged looting of NIMASA fund, lamented his ‘persecution’.
“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 traced his ordeal to his support for Governor Seriake Dickson in the 2016 Bayelsa State Gubernatorial Election presumed as against the anointed APC candidate of the Federal Government, Chief Timipre Sylva.
He denied involvement in the destructive operation by the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, stressing, “In an orchestrated plot the Nigerian Army was unleashed on the Gbaramatu Kingdom in search of me, and the rampaging soldiers stormed my father’s home in Kurutie Town, physically brutalized him to the point of death.”
Tompolo also accused the Nigerian Navy of looting his waterfront properties, jetties, and other valuables, stressing that items worth over N10 billion were looted by men of the Nigerian Armed Forces.