Former Niger Delta warlord, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, has for the umpteenth time distanced himself from the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), a group that has claimed responsibility for the series of bombing of oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta region in recent time.
Tompolo said on Monday that he was not part of the new group blowing up oil facilities. Ekpemuopolo stated this in a signed electronic mail sent to journalusts in the state.
He dissociated himself from the new militant group, describing the continuous military siege on Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area as unfortunate. He said there was no need for military siege on Gbaramatu because he had nothing to do with the NDA.
“It baffles me that the Nigerian military has refused to believe that I am not part of the group and its activities.
“I am obviously a victim of circumstance in this matter because of my case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),’’ he said.
Tompolo said it was irrational for him to resort to destruction of oil facilities because of the charges against him by the EFCC.
He noted that some people gave the government wrong information to the effect that he was behind the new group.
“May I once again point out that those accusing me of the destruction of oil facilities in part of Delta are simply looking for relevance, recognition and pipeline surveillance contracts,’’ he said.
He urged the Federal Government to be mindful of the information it gets, noting that some persons were doing that for selfish gain.
He urged the Federal Government to launch a thorough investigation to unravelled those behind the new group.