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    Saturday, 11 June 2016

    Tompolo Urges Niger Delta Avengers To Dialogue With FG

    One of Nigeria’s most notorious militants, Government “Tompolo” Ekpemupolo, attempted to boost the anticipated dialogue between the Federal Government and new militant group the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). Tompolo has been hiding from the government and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) who declared him wanted for corruption.
    The NDA have vowed to halt Nigeria’s production of oil by targeting pipelines and facilities of multinational companies in the Delta region. The NDA has in recent weeks blown up several facilities often taken credit for these attacks on social media platforms.
    The NDA have now began to call for the alleviation of poverty for Niger Delta residents including the improvement of infrastructure, clean water, education, and livelihoods for citizens.
    Tompolo’s remarks stated that he believed the Federal Government should resolve the current militancy issue by dialoguing but also that the NDA should cease their bombing activities and destruction of oil facilities in the Delta region.
    The statement, personally signed by Tompolo and distributed through email, stated that regardless of the NDA’s claims for the reason they attacked the facilities it has only provoked the government to militarize the region.
    According to his statement, “I am making Further appeal to Members of the Niger Delta Avengers to Embrace the Federal Government Dialogue Option. I wish to once again write the members of the Niger Delta Avengers to embrace the Federal Government dialogue option as a way out of the brewing crisis in the Niger Delta region. 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."
    It continued, “as for the people of Gbaramatu kingdom, they have not known peace since you guys 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 your group (Niger Delta Avengers) 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."
    " 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, specifically in theniaja.com platform, that Benji Ekeremor, 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. God forbid!"
    "To set the records straight, these are responsible men who had had skilled training under the Presidential Amnesty programme that are currently using their acquired skills to eke out a living. And so the allegation that they are the coordinators of various axes of the Avengers is a malicious and mischievous one."
    "On a final note, I wish to reiterate that you guys must stop the bombing and destruction of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region now and embrace the dialogue option from the Federal Government as it is (dialogue) the only pragmatic means in resolving a crisis no matter huge and complicated such crisis is. And I believe fervently that the Government is serious and willing to end this re-occurring crisis in the Niger Delta region. Enough is enough."
    Tompolo’s remarks follow a SaharaReporters exclusive report on how State Governors in the Niger Delta region met with Vice President Osinbajo this week demanding that major corruption cases in the Niger Delta region be dropped. Sources speaking to SaharaReporters about this meeting disclosed that in exchange for dropping cases against prominent Niger Delta leaders the militancy issue could be ended.


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