WARRI—EX-COMMANDERS and ‘generals’ operating from the defunct dreaded Iroko and Camp 5 operated by High Chief Government Ekpemukpolo, a.k.a Tompoplo, have alleged that the former warlord has deliberately kept them in the dark, while using their sweat to enrich himself and family from Abuja.
They also alleged that Tompolo was using the Joint Task Force, code-named Operation Restore Hope in the Niger Delta, to intimidate, harass and threaten their lives because of their persistent demands that he accord them their due rights and privileges, having accepted the Federal government Amnesty and dropped their weapons of war.
In a petition addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan by Mr. Josiah Oyakoghan, a.k.a Oyimi; Tompson Igere, a.k.a Crocodile; Peremor Ekpesegba; Peter Ekpebide, a.k.a Fire Burn; Patrick Oyayeibo; Stephen Julius; Mathias Sologidi; Ebi Ikoro; Denis Kpadia; Warri Tebela and Joshua Agbadagigi respectively, they maintained that Tompolo had always kept them in the dark and has been using their collective struggle to enrich himself and members of his family.
The petition written by counsel, T.E. Egbe of K.K. Iheme & Co of Amutu Chambers, Warri, they insisted that Tompolo has seized the benefit accruable to them in their struggle for the liberation of the Niger Delta region, saying that their grouse is against Tompolo and not the federal or the Delta State government.
The aggrieved warlords stated that their erstwhile leader has consistently shown disdain and gross indifference to their plight knowing fully that they have so much responsibility as fathers and bread winners, thus subjecting them to severe pains and sufferings.
According to them, “most painful is the deployment of the JTF to harass, intimidate, arrest and threatening of their lives with his high connections at the corridors of powers”, saying that their lives ought to be protected by the constitution having been pardoned for their activities in the past.
They therefore appealed to Mr. President to use his good offices to take a proper look at their complaints and investigate same with a view to ensuring justice.