Tom Ateke: From Militancy to Royal Stool

A former militant leader, Ateke Tom has been crowned king of Okochiri town in Wakirike, Rivers state.
He was Saturday crowned a king with pomp and pageantry, and witnessed by prominent personalities, including Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Ateke was the leader of the Niger Delta Vigilante, an ethnic Ijaw militia in the Niger Delta region, that fought supremacy war with other militia groups, and later metamorphosed into freedom fighter that fought the government of Nigeria for resource control in the Niger Delta region.
On the 1st of October 2009, the 49th anniversary of Nigerian independence and three days before the closing of a government amnesty programme, Ateke willingly surrendered to President Musa Yar’Adua at the Government House, Abuja.
A presidential jet was sent to fly Ateke to Abuja, and the President stated that “Today, Chief Tom Ateke you have given me my 49th independence anniversary gift and I cherish it so much.”
Also present at the surrender were then Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan, Minister of Defence, Gen Godwin Abbe, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike and the National Security Adviser, Sarki Mukta among others
Chief Ateke hails from Okrika, an Ijaw ethnic group in Rivers State, Niger Delta.
Ateke was born on June 2,1964.
He is a freedom fighter for the socio-economic emancipation of the Ijaw people. He wants resource control, devaluation of powers and fiscal federalism .

Author: News Editor

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