Monday, May 30, 2016 11:54 am
Government Ekpemukpolo (Tompolo), has called on members of the dreaded,Niger Delta Avengers to give peace a chance in the region because their actions “are further roping me in and putting our people in distress.”
Tompolo, in a press release made available to newsmen in Warri said he was once again constrained to write members of the Niger Delta Avengers group, who had claimed responsibility for various crude oil facilities attack across the Niger Delta region, to put an end to these as it would not do the country any good, especially in this critical period of the nation’s economic challenges.
He restated; “I have made it clear in many occasions that the issue I am having with the EFFC will not make me to resort to violence and bombing of oil pipelines as my team of lawyers have already challenged the defective process of legal service on me in the Court of Appeal. I am a man of truth and peace, therefore will not be involved in violent activities.”
“That notwithstanding, for the love of country and out of patriotism, I wish to appeal to you once again to stop the bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, and embrace the path of dialogue with the Federal Government of Nigeria, as the government is ready to hear you out on whatever issues you wish to discuss with it. You guys know that I do not know you and how to reach you, except through the mass media. If truly as you guys claimed that you are fighting for the well-being of the people of the Niger Delta, then you must adhere to this appeal, otherwise, the World will label you as criminals,” Tompolo said
The ex-militant leader added that;”Come to think of the consequences of your actions in the region so far, particularly as it affects me and the people of Gbaramatu kingdom. The Nigerian Army had invaded the ancestral headquarters of the kingdom, Oporoza town, under the guise of looking for members of your group, particularly me, who they have wickedly linked to your group, and unleashed mayhem on the innocent people of the community. And this happened in my absence as I am currently out of Gbaramatu kingdom, but what I gathered from some of the victims of the Army invasion is unspeakable.
“Even pots of soup where not spared. The Army has massively looted resident homes, desecrated traditional places of worship, committed sacrilege, abominations and what have you”
He alleged that troops of the Nigerian Army; “have continued to occupy the community till this moment. What a sad tale. One thing you should know is that government is not interested in its constitutional duty of protection of lives and the welfare of its citizens, rather it is interested in the continued flow of crude oil in the region, therefore it could do anything to make the oil flow, not minding the security and the welfare of the people. Remember, this same army arrested Chevron Nigeria Ltd staff and labelled them as members of the Niger Delta Avengers few weeks ago in one of the communities in Gbaramatu kingdom. It took a spirited effort by the community and other well-meaning Nigerians to intervene for the release of those Chevron staff.”
“This shows that the Nigerian Government can do anything to our innocent people in the communities in the guise of looking for members of the Avengers.One other reason you people must stop this new campaign of destruction is that the contractors in charge of repair works of attacked pipelines are equally culpable in the act of pipeline vandalism as they now sponsor their allies in the communities to continue to destroy pipelines to get more repair works. This is the sorry state we have found ourselves in the Niger Delta.
To this end, dear Niger Delta Avengers, you must put an end to this economic sabotage and allow the government to look into your demands now. I believe a word is enough for the wise”, Tompolo pleaded.