Former Niger Delta warlord, who is being accused of behind the Niger Delta Avengers, Government Ekpemupolo also known as Tompolo, has once again written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing the military of brutality against his people, especially his 84-year- old father.
Tompolo, who is also wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to face multiple charges of corruption, said in the letter, which surfaced Friday, that the brutality against his father, led to the amputation of his lower limb recently.
He also accused some All Progressives Congress chieftains in Delta State, Chief Ayiri Emami and Chief Michael Johnny, of being behind the ordeal of his people.
He said concerning his father: “Sadly, one of his lower limbs was amputated two weeks ago. From the doctor’s report, it will be a thing of miracle if he survives this incident. Is this 84-year-old man also a member of the Niger Delta Avengers that they brutalized to the point of death?
“I have not heard of anyone that was treated like this even in the volatile North Eastern part of the country. I have said it in many occasions that the issue I am having with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will not lead to violence or resort to destruction of pipelines and other oil facilities, because I have a good case,
“The latest victims of this unwarranted, misdirected and wicked act are Hon. Simeon Bebenimibo, a member of the Delta State Waterway and Land Security Committee and a driver of one of my aides, Mr Ebipade Kari, who was on an errand with a little baby.
“The baby was thrown out from the vehicle, as the driver was beaten up by your men, as he was asked the whereabouts of his boss. That was not all; the military men stormed the house of one of my younger brothers, and harassed his pregnant wife with guns pointed at her.
“The duo who were arrested are presently in the custody of the Nigerian Army, Effurun. Before this incident, the Navy went to the apartment of another of my aide, picked up his heavily pregnant wife as he was out of town, and kept her for 24 hours in the Navy Base before releasing her.
“The mode of operation is that the military command usually camouflages associates of two APC leaders with military uniforms and they go from door to door with a long list of names and addresses of my family members and associates with the intention of arresting them.
“Your Excellency Sir, it could be recalled that this was how the military went to Oporoza town on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at about 2.00 am, and held the community hostage for one week. During that midnight invasion, the military carted away valuables worth several millions of naira, desecrated worship centres and took away the symbol of authority of the Gbaramatu people from the Egbesu shrine
“Your Excellency Sir, I have been wondering since the beginning of my travails at your instance whether this is part of the fight against corruption in Nigeria? Or was it because I supported my kinsman, former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general elections? I thought everyone in Nigeria has the liberty to support whomever he or she deemed fit in an election.”
“And as Dr Jonathan bravely accepted the outcome of the election, which brought you in as President of Nigeria today, I thought you will heal wounds as the father of the nation. In addition, it was on this premise that I visited you immediately after your swearing-in ceremony to pledge my loyalty and readiness to work with your administration”, Tompolo said in the letter, which according to him may be his last.
Recall Tompolo has written several letter in the past to the President, in which he denied any link with the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.