October 08, 2016
ATEKE TOM DEAD or ALIVE?
But there had been speculations since Wednesday that the former leader of the defunct Niger Delta Vigilante had died in a hospital outside the country.
Ateke, speaking through his media aide, Mr. Ifeanyi Ogbonna, expressed sadness that some people could spread such “wicked rumour” for no reason.
The Okirika-born strong man explained that he had never left Okrika for some years now, and had never suffered any major illness that would warrant him to travel abroad.
“High Chief Ateke Tom is alive; he is hale and hearty. He is in Okrika (his home town) and he has been there for some years now and has never travelled abroad.
“He has never complained of ill-health to anybody, I don’t know why anybody would be spreading such rumour. As I speak, the man is strong,” he stressed.