Tompolo, Militants Clash Over Avengers’ Threats To Attack

Embattled former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, better known as Tompolo, on Monday warned Niger Delta Avengers to desist from associating him with the planned attacks on oil and gas installations in the region.

Tompolo, who is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for corruption charges, stressed that he would never resort to the destruction of oil facilities in the region.

The ex-militant, in a statement by his media consultant, Paul Bebenimibo, said he had no affiliation with the NDA and its sister militant group, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, as accused.

Tompolo, who has been on the run since when he was declared wanted by the EFCC in 2016, said he was neither working with President Muhammadu Buhari nor militant groups.

The statement read, “Ordinarily, we would have ignored media statements by these so- called avengers and reformed avengers because it is not a new tactic by these groups in bringing Tompolo’s name to whatever thing that happens in the Niger Delta region because of his legal battle with the government.

“Let it be stated at this point that Tompolo is not the only person having legal issues with the present government. Let us also state here that these accusations do not take away the fact that our dear country is at a crossroads. Eminent Nigerians have repeatedly said in recent times that Nigeria has never been divided like this since her independence in 1960.

“We wish to reiterate our earlier stand that nothing will make Tompolo to resort to destruction of oil facilities he once protected in a contractual arrangement. Those that have ears let them hear!”

But the RNDA, after an enlarged meeting in the creeks of Delta State, insisted that the NDA’s threat was the handiwork of Tompolo.

The coalition said, “The self-acclaimed spokesperson for the NDA, ‘Major General’ Murdock Agbinibo, is no other person than one of the three apostles of Tompolo, who have deserted their Warri homes and are on the run with their master, who is using the name of the Niger Delta struggle to empower himself and his family alone.

“The RNDA wants to state that if any form of attack or destruction of oil pipelines and oil facilities happens in the creek of the region due to this shameless threat statement by the so-called Niger Delta Avengers, formed and coordinated by Tompolo and his cohorts, the people should hold Tompolo responsible for any harm or damage that the people will face."