Pipeline Bombing: “Tompolo Is Innocent” – Itsekiri Group


A socio-cultural organisation in the Niger Delta, Iwere Peace Movement (Itsekiri Group) has said that the former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo, aka ‘Tompolo’ is not behind the pipeline bombing in Gbaramatu Kingdom last weekend.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Mr. Merie Oritsejolomi and Mr. Johnbull Omadeli said that the recent allegation in which the Itsekiri leader and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Ayiri Emami, alleged that Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo, is behind  the recent bombing of vital oil and gas installations in the Warri South-West LGA of Delta State was unfair and capable of igniting fresh round of crisis between the Ijaw and the Itsekiri.

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In the statement, they said some miscreants in the area are responsible for the attacks.

“We are aware that some miscreants in the Niger Delta, are the same people carrying out the vandalization of the pipelines because of their selfish interests in the recently awarded pipeline surveillance contract, the Escravos to Warri Crude Oil Pipeline, which has already been awarded to another company.

“We are aware of their protest because of the award of the surveillance contract to a company other than their own. They vowed to cause trouble in the pipelines so that they will discredit the company that has the contract. Fortunately for them, this incident coincided with the warrant of arrest on Tompolo by the court. They are now pointing accusing fingers at Tompolo in order to cause more trouble for him because of the developmental projects he has attracted to Gbaramatu.”

However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to file fresh criminal charges against Tompolo and a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi over an alleged scam in the acquisition of a property worth N11.8 billion.

The spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, who disclosed this on Wednesday said that commission, while investigating found out that the fund was fraudulently claimed through false presentation of a Certificate of Customary Right of Occupancy of the property and an alleged inflation of the original value of the property.

“Mieka Dive Institute, a sprawling expanse, purportedly acquired by NIMASA for the take-off of the Nigerian Maritime University, was approved for an outright purchase by the past administration in the sum of N13, 072,564,822.00 in which a sum of N11, 765, 308, 339.80 had been paid through NIMASA.”

He the rightful owners of the property which was wrongly acquired and purchased in the Omadino Community of Delta State are making a demand for rightful payment of the same land.

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