*How I Met Anenih
*Tompolo Has Forgiven me
Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South
THE thickset and dark-built security consultant came into Vanguard Office in Warri on Tuesday looking troubled.Â His appointment with this reporter struck through one of his friends was for 10.00am , but, it was re-adjusted to 9.00 am , earlier that day, to enable him keepÂ Â another engagement.Â The friend who arranged the left after introducing the reporter to the subject.
â€œMy name is Jeremiah Ajemiyotan, I am from Gbaramatu kingdom in Delta State , I am here in respect of your publication concerning the bomb blasts, and I also go by the nickname, King Jerry. Though, my name was not mentioned, one Commander Jay (not real name) was mentioned, but some insinuations were made to certain incidents that concern me, that is why I am hereâ€, he stated.
â€œSo, what do you know about the bomb blast of March 15â€? Saturday Vanguard shot at him, he said, â€œI donâ€™t know anything about the Warri bomb blastâ€.
You have just introduced yourself as Jeremiah Ajemiyotan, we were told one Commander Jerry and three others detonated the bombs and that the Commander Jerry is based in Patani, are you based in Patani? Ajemiyotan replied, â€œNo, I have never been based in Pataniâ€.
So, why are people making reference to him if he is not the one? The gentle-speaking guest said, â€œFrom what I see, it is envy and personal issues I had with some people in the past.
What are these issues? Saturday Vanguard probed further, he said, â€œItâ€™s not really a matter I want to talk about but Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo told me he has forgiven me on the matter, I am not a politician, I have not played politics before, so I wonâ€™t say itâ€™s a political problem.
You met with the former Minister of Works, Chief Tony Anenih, last year, under the guise that you were Tompolo, tell us what really happened? We met him for a meeting, September, last year. We discussed about the problems of Gbaramatu kingdom. He thought I was Tompolo.
Saturday Vanguard found outÂ Anenihâ€™s desire to meet with Tompolo through one of his normal sources , but knowing that a dredging project was linked to Anenihâ€™s meeting with Tompolo, he was asked what he discussed with the PDP chieftain.
Ajemiyotan said, â€œI did not discuss business with Chief Tony Anenihâ€, adding, â€œAnenih came into the matter because he wished to dialogue; he wanted to talk to the boys. Three of us met with him. He said he met with the President and after the meeting, he was concerned, seeing that the man wants to end the Niger-Delta crisisâ€.
He denied that money was given to him at the meeting.
On how Tompolo got to know about his meeting with Anenih, he said, â€œI donâ€™t know how Tompolo got to know but some of his aides called us for a meeting. They asked us what happened, we told them. We understand that when Tompolo first heard about the matter, he was angry. But we sent some of his people to beg him, the matter was later resolved. He forgave us; I have no problem with Tompolo as I speak to youâ€.
On Setraco Construction Company, Ajemiyotan said, â€œI donâ€™t have any problem with Setraco, the stories are not trueâ€.
You mean you donâ€™t know anything about the other three persons that were involved in the bomb blasts, where were you on that day, March 15?
I travelled to Bayelsa state on the 11th; it was on my way back on the 15th of March when the bomb blasts happened.
But from what you have said, you are not Commander JayÂ Â why do you think you are the person?
Not that I am the person, itâ€™s just that there is a mix-up and something that concerned my meeting with Anenih, which I have asked Tompolo for forgiveness and Setraco was mentioned.
So, what have you been doing beforeÂ the bomb blasts of March 15?
I have been involved in a lot of peace projects in the Niger-Delta. I was involved in the amnesty programme. In Delta state, people know me as â€œOgbuefiâ€. I spoke to a lot of militants to drop their arms, people like General Agaway, General Young Enabone and Abboy and I made sure they submitted their arms after talking to them.
During the Gbaramatu crisis, a lot of the victims came to me and I assisted them within the limit of the fund available to me. I donâ€™t want to mention names but I know the role I played at that time.
Through me, no fewer than 15 youths were given employment in Setraco and I have been involved in creating other job opportunities for our youths in the Niger-Delta.
Investigations by Saturday Vanguard showed there was actually a mix-up, as Jeremiah Ajemiyotan, alias King Jerry and Ogbuefi is different from the Commander Jay (not real name) that was said to have carried out the bomb blasts with others.
Militants threaten massive bomb attack
Last Saturday, the faction of militants that allegedly carried out the March 15 bombing that disrupted the post-amnesty dialogue of Vanguard Newspapers in Warri, Delta state said its next target was to bomb the Government House, also known as Creek Haven, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state and the NDDC office.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility for the two bombs, which were detonated 200 metres away from the Government House Annex, Warri venue of the aborted confab.
But a supposed militant leader, who identified himself as the Udemegun of Niger-Delta in a text message to SaturdayÂ Vanguard, said his group was not yet done with the governors of Delta and Bayelsa states, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and Chief Timipre Sylva respectively.
His words, â€œI, the Udemegun of Niger-Delta is here to inform u that with my group that Uduaghan, Timpre Sylva will never have peace. I will live (sic) Delta state 4 now until close to d campaign period, there will be massive bomb and rocket launchers attack in the stateâ€.
â€œBayelsa Government House is the d next target because Sylva wants to kill d people with hunger; we are going to use rocket launchers.
â€œThe last but not the least is NDDC that refused to develop Niger-Delta region; refused to give out contract to people like us; and refused to pay contractors, we are going to bring the office down with grenade and rocket launchersâ€, he said.
According to him, â€œI am from Delta state but trained by my leader, my god father, Ateke Tom, Let me tell you, gun business is not by big name, it depend on what an individual can doâ€¦ People are just disturbing yourself with Comm. Jay who you call impostor. Okah is the leader of MEND as far as I am concerned. Leader does not mean who carry gunâ€.
â€œWe have enough bomb, enough rocket launchers to cause problem for any state, most especially Delta state. There is no way security men can arrest me and my group until God says itâ€™s my time.
â€œI came to destroy the wicked politicians and that is what I am trained for. Am not looking for big name or small nameâ€, he added.