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Tompolo denies Avengers link, says its voodoo



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Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, on Monday denied having anything to do with the Avengers, calling on the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), to make themselves known to Nigerians.

Tompolo, the former militant leader, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Paul Bebenimibo, who was also named as one of the sponsors of the group, labelled the report as ‘voodoo.’

RNDA, which claims to be a splitter group of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), had named former President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Nyesom Wike, former governor of Bayelsa state, Godswill Akpabio, Tompolo, Bebenimibo and other prominent individuals as sponsoring the Avengers.

But Bebenimibo, secretary to Tompolo Foundation, who raised alarm that his life was in danger, explained that Tompolo has consistently denied his involvement with the militant group, insisting that Tompolo and he (Bebenimibo) have nothing to do with the militant group.

Part of the statement reads, “In the same report, my boss, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo was also mentioned as one of the sponsors of the NDA.

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“My initial decision was to ignore the said report as a result of the source and the bogus nature of the story; however, in order to set the records straight, I decided to write to dissociate my boss and myself from that wicked and malicious report.

“I wish to advise the Nigerian government to look for better ways to resolve the Niger Delta problem, and not to continue to compound the issue by relaying on voodoo means to resolve the issue, like this particular report which could be likened to a voodoo report.

“If a people, that is the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers have claimed to part ways with the NDA, after destroying almost all the oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, and turn around to claim that they have repented and mentioned some people as sponsors and operatives of the NDA, then the government and people of this country need to know such people (RNDA) and treat them accordingly, and not the responsible Nigerians they mentioned as sponsors and operatives,” he said.

By Ebere Ndukwu …

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