CHIEF Thomas Ekpemupolo, 84-year-old father of ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, amputated in July, over a month after soldiers allegedly brutalized him in Kurutie, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, is dead.
A source, who broke the news to Vanguard, said: “He died in the early hours of yesterday at a hospital in Warri South Local Government Area, Delta State.” Until his death, he was the Tunteriwei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West council with traditional headquarters in Oporoza. Tompolo, who is still at large, in an open letter, July 22, to President Muhammadu Buhari, had bemoaned the siege on his family. Chief Edwin Clark, who spoke on the development, said: “The death of Chief Thomas Ekpemupolo came to me as a surprise. When I was in Warri, last week, I asked of him and they told me that he sustained injuries when the military came to Kurutie and they took him to hospital where his leg was amputated. “These are some of the collateral damages we are trying to avoid, but I urge the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom to embrace peace, despite what happened.”