An Ijaw group has refuted claim by ex-militant leader, Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, that a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State, and Gbaramatu leader, Chief Michael Johnny was behind his present predicament and ongoing arrest of his associates over the attacks on oil facilities in Gbaramatu by militants.
The group, Ijaw Future Agenda IFA, in a statement yesterday in Lagos, by its coordinator, Ebipade Clement, said “ the people of Gbaramatu kingdom, Ijaw nation and Niger Delta region have not forgotten in a hurray how Johnny was sent to Okere prison over the controversial Nigerian Maritime University, in Okerenkoko. but was eventually released when the Court and Delta State government failed to establish their case against him. It was a sacrifice paid by Johnny for the liberation and development of Gbaramatu kingdom”.
According to them: ‘Tompolo being declared wanted over his ongoing trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has nothing to do with Johnny. He has never being involved in any criminal activities, he is law abiding and patriotic Nigerian, whose desire has been to get government and multinational oil companies to develop his Gbaramatu kingdom”.