Embattled former militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo) has appealed to members of the Niger Delta Avengers to embrace the federal government’s dialogue option as a way out of the brewing crisis in the Niger Delta region.
Tompolo in a press statement at the weekend in Warri, Delta State, said “as I have said before now, I do not know you and how to reach you except through the mass media.Therefore, it is high time you stopped the bombing and destruction of crude oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.
“One thing you people may not be aware of is that you have not only succeeded in militarising the Niger Delta region now but also succeeded in giving birth to so many negotiators and political jobbers within the government circle who are very serious rumour peddlers in the country now.”
According to him, the people of Gbaramatu kingdom have not known peace since Niger Delta Avengers started the bombing of oil facilities, as they have been harassed, intimidated, violated and invaded on daily bases by the Nigerian military under the guise of looking for members of the group “and my humble self, who they have criminally and wickedly linked to the Niger Delta Avengers.
“Presently, all communities in Gbaramatu kingdom have been disserted by residents for fear of a repeat of the 2009 military invasion, which still leave the communities in shambles. Even till now, the military has not returned the symbol of authority they took away from the Egbesu Shrine and other valuables in Oporoza community during the May 28, 2016, invasion. It is pertinent to state that I have not heard and seen in any part of Nigeria, even the most volatile North-Eastern part of Nigeria where Boko Haram has been killing innocent people, the way and manner the military desecrated the traditional worship centres in Gbaramatu Kingdom,”Tompolo stated.
The ex-warlord added that“this is a clear oppression and intimidation of the peace-loving people of Gbaramatu Kingdom. Another dangerous dimension my traducers have introduced into this issue is the allegation that some of my closest men are coordinators of the Niger Delta Avengers;and this is currently trending in the social media that BenjiEkeremor, Super and Owomor aka VIP are the coordinators of the Avengers.
“The truth of the matter is that I can no longer endure these blackmails from my traducers, as I have seen that they are not resting in their oars, as they have vowed to implicate me by all means necessary.
“To set the records straight, these are responsible men who with skilled training under the Presidential Amnesty Programme that are currently using their acquired skills to eke out a living. So the allegation that they are the coordinators of various arms of the Avengers is a malicious and mischievous one,” he posited.
The former MEND leader reiterated that Niger Delta Avengers must stop the bombing and destruction of oil facilities in the Niger Delta now and embrace the dialogue option from the federal fovernment, insisting that dialogue was the only pragmatic means in resolving a crisis no matter huge and complicated such crisis might be.

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