WARRI- JUST 48 hours to the amnesty deadline, the most powerful militant leader in Nigeria and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of militants in the Niger-Delta, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo is expected to publicly accept amnesty with over 3,000 militants under his command and also handover at least 500 weaponsÂ to the Federal Government tomorrow (Saturday, October 3).
The Joint Task Force (JTF) on the Niger-Delta (JTF) was understood to be keyed up about the development, as it sees Tompolo as one of the greatest obstacles to the peace process in the region, but, the Commander, Major-General Sarkin Yarkin-Bello could not be immediately reached for comments.
Vanguard gathered on good authority that the last of theÂ titans, Tompolo has,Â however,Â decided that the ceremony, which will take place in one ofÂ the creek communities in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State would be devoid of pageantryÂ Â and the Minister of Defence, Major-General Godwin Abbe (rtd), who is also the chairman of the Presidential Panel on Amnesty and Disarmament of Militants, according to accessible information,Â willÂ lead the Federal Government delegation to receive the armaments.
The news that Tompolo will surrenderÂ was first broken to VanguardÂ by one of his foot soldiers before a dependable â€œcommanderâ€ inÂ his camp later confirmed the information.
The foot soldier asserted, â€œOga (Tompolo) is going to surrender tomorrow, they have sent message to us, all the boys to bring back the arms in our possession, we are looking at about 500 apart from the ones the soldiers confiscated during the Cordon and Search operationâ€.
â€œAll the boys are going about to bring out the guns they are holding from where they hide them because we have got orders now to return the arms back to the GOCâ€, he added.
Baring any odd, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan who traveled out of the country for the Governorsâ€™ Global Climate Summit in the United States of America , but, had been talking to Tompolo on phone to surrenderÂ and is expected to fly in for epoch event.
Vanguard learnt that the minor misunderstanding between Major-General Abbe and Tompolo over the temperament of the former during their first meeting at Oporoza has since been ironed out, as the Minister had spoken to Tompolo after then.
Mr. Timi Alaibe is also said to be one of the key facilitators of the event.
The coordinator of the Sub-Committee on Disarmament, Air -Vice Marshal Lucky Ararile is expected to move the arms that will be turned in by Tompolo and his men away for safekeeping.
Spokesman of the traditional ruler of Gbaramatu kingdom and member of the Delta Waterways Security Committee (DWSC), Chief Dennis Otuaro confirmed that His Royal Majesty, Pere Godwin Bebenimibo practically prevailed on Tompolo, who is one of his subjects to accept amnesty and surrender his arms to the government.