By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”PATANIÂ Â community in Delta State, yesterday, disowned a militant leader, â€œCommanderâ€ Jerry, alleged to have led the militants that detonated two bombs at Government House Annex, Warri, venue of the aborted post-amnesty dialogue organised by Vanguard Newspapers last Monday.
Intelligence reports indicated that â€œCommanderâ€ Jerry is based in Patani, but chairman of the community, Sunday Bomabebe, said there was no militant in the community.
â€œThere is no militant camp in Patani and we donâ€™t know anybody called Commander Jerry here. We are disturbed that our community is being associated with the said Jerry.
â€œPatani is a peaceful community and the only militant leader that was here sometime ago is one Commander Columbus, the second-in-command to Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, which was a long time, over 10 years ago.Â Â We donâ€™t have militants here,â€ he said.
A source in the community, however, said â€œif itâ€™s the Commander Jerry I know, he is an impostor; he has been impersonating Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, for a very long time and collecting money from Setraco Construction Company.”