By Emma Amaize & Perez Brisibe
WARRI—NIGER Delta Avengers, NDA, has derided former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, over perceived sufferings and untold hardship soldiers have subjected people of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, particularly women and children to in the past four days.
The militant group, in a statement, by its spokesperson, Col. Mudoch Agbinibo, said it warned Tompolo when he took sides with the Nigerian government against it, but he refused to listen.
Describing the Army as cowardly for taking the battle to helpless civilians, the group said it was going to carry out more attacks, go personal against business mogul and pipeline contractor, Captain Okunbor Idahosa and army officer, Major B. Yahaya, who is leading the assault against unarmed Gbaramatu people.
NDA scorned: “Our dear brother, Tompolo, how is your friendship with the Nigerian Government. The people you took side with against us (the Niger Delta Avengers). We offered you the olive branch by beckoning you to join us in this struggle, but you refused.
“It is not our business what goes on in Gbaramatu Kingdom but our concern is the innocent children, women and aged people, whom the Nigerian military has chased away from their homes now taking refuge in the forest. We warned you beforehand that the Nigerian Government, can never be trusted. To the Nigeria military, why are you looking for soft targets? If you are looking for the Avengers, you know how to find us. Don’t deceive your President.”