Wanted Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo has denied any involvement or link with the Niger Delta Avengers.
The new militant group claimed responsibility for the blowing up of a pipeline in the Forcados area that forced the Shell Company to declare force majeure.
It was insinuated in many quarters that the group may be sympathetic to Tompolo over his trials, and that their actions was to force government’s hand to reconsider the prosecution of Tompolo.
But Tompolo in a recent statement by his media adviser and consultant, Comrade Paul Bebenimibo declared that he is in no way linked to them.
Tompolo lamented, that it is unfortunate he is still being associated with pipeline vandalism after series of denials of his involvement in renewed hostilities in the region.
According to the statement “it is imperative to state unequivocally that Tompolo does not have a link with this new militant group”.
It read further, that “It is very unfortunate that Tompolo is still being accused of pipeline vandalism despite several press releases he has made, denying his involvement in the renewed hostility in the Niger Delta region. Since the declaration of the Presidential Amnesty programme by late President Yar’Adua in 2009 which he wholeheartedly embraced and accepted, he has sworn not to be part of arm struggle either overtly or covertly.”
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