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Tompolo denies meeting with Jonathan over Ibori

WARRI — EX-MILITANT leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, yesterday, denied meeting with Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on matters connected to ex-governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

His media aide, Mr. Paul Bebenimibo, who made the denial in a text message to Vanguard said, “Tompolo has not met with the Acting President to discuss issues on Ibori and other matters. The news making the rounds is just one of the means some people want to use to derail the ongoing anti-corruption crusade.

“Tompolo is a man that believes in the Rule of Law and would want the law to take its course.”

Tompolo under pressure

Vanguard, however, learnt that Tompolo came under massive pressure from some ex-militant and Ijaw leaders over a newspaper report that he sued for caution on the Ibori/EFCC face-off in a meeting with the Acting President.

One of them, a militant leader, Odumegun of Niger-Delta, who confirmed that he spoke to Tompolo over the matter, said “I spoke to Tompolo after going through the report. He denied that he ever said so and that I should confirm from Acting President and Chief E. K. Clark.”

Odumegun quoted Tompolo as telling him that Ibori’s case with the EFCC was not his business.

Warns on imminent attack

Meanwhile, the militant leader warned the Delta and Bayelsa State governments as well as the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC, that he would soon commence attacks on them.

He urged every ex-militant leader to respect Henry Okah as the leader of Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, adding that Ibori should come out and face the law.


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