By Godwin Oghre
Ovu – Irrepressible former Secretary-General of the National Union of Petroleum Energy and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Chief Frank Ovie Kokori, Tuesday reiterated his call on erstwhile Niger Delta militants leader, Government Ekpemukpolo, aka, Tompolo, to come out of hiding and face the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, eye ball to eye ball, saying, “I stand by what I said.”
Chief Kokori who spoke Tuesday in his Ovu country home, Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state, said, “Let him clear himself of culpability in the sundry charges of financial crime preferred against him in court by the anti-graft commission. At 72, I should not be afraid of Tompolo. Before now Niger Delta militancy was for a good purpose, until some racketeers came in and hijacked it for selfish reasons.”
He added that, “Before his (Tompolo) fraud saga, I used to respect him just like Tom Atake and other faithful Niger Delta activists. I am more shock to read what he wrote about me, Why not come out of hiding and do the needful with EFCC. I’ve risen above primordial and mundane sentiment. He ought to know this is democratic era and he is lucky, so he should not be afraid to come out.”
“In my time, I fought under military dictatorship and I spent four years in one of the deadliest cells in the world, in the fringes of Sahara desert. I started the nationalist struggle at age 10, after reading about my father’s struggle in the then Sketch and Daily Times news papers, and in all my life I have never accepted government contracts, despite been lured for it countless times, so no one can blackmail me.