Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, a leading figure in Niger Delta militancy, has dissociated himself from planned attacks on oil facilities and installations. Tompolo was reacting to allegations made by an online medium and on a Channels Television program that militants have vowed to attack more oil facilities if the corruption-related charges slammed on him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are not dropped.
In a statement issued on Sunday and signed by his media consultant, Paul Bebenimibo, Tompolo dissociated himself from this threat, saying he gave nobody instructions to attack oil facilities in the Niger Delta region because of his case with the EFCC.
The statement added that Tompolo has consistently denied involvement in the resurgence and bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region and accused those mentioning his name of seeking cheap relevance.
“This online publication came two days after one Michael Johnny accused Tompolo on a Channels Television program, ‘State of the Nation’, of being behind the bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region. Tompolo watched the program with great disbelief, as Michael Johnny accused him of being the brain behind the bombing of oil facilities,” the statement said.
It added that information at the disposal of security agencies, however, indicated that a suspect in custody has confessed that Michael Johnny sent him to bomb oil facilities.
“That means Michael Johnny is the one behind the bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta. Tompolo has instructed his lawyers to sue Michael Johnny for malicious damage.
“Tompolo sued the EFCC for illegally placing a non-debit order in his company account in Warri before he was hurriedly dragged to court by the EFCC in Lagos. And after a year, the court has refused to hear his case for frivolous excuses. And he has vowed to patiently pursue his case rather than resorting to violence and bombing of oil facilities which is greatly affecting our economy,” added the statement.