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Tompolo clears the air on proposed meeting of ex-militant commanders

By Osteen Oyibode, Asaba on 26/07/2015

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Convener of the botched meeting of former commanders and leaders of Niger Delta ex-militants, Chief Government Ekpemukpolo, alias Tompolo, has dismissed the panic generated by his summoning of the meeting.

The meeting, scheduled to hold yesterday in Yenagoa, was stopped by soldiers and policemen who sealed off the venue on the orders of Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson.

In a statement signed by the repentant but wealthy warlord and made available to journalists in Delta, Tompolo assured Nigerians and the international community that the meeting has no ulterior motive as speculated.

“The tension generated by the said meeting was uncalled for, diversionary and mischievous as no evil is intended in whatever form,” he said, “it is unfortunate that a section of the Nigerian nation and the media have chosen to mischievously thread the path of misinforming the public and right thinking persons by linking the meeting to whatever decision the current government at the centre may have taken in relation to the stoppage of the pipeline surveillance contract, even though payments have not been made for the services rendered in the renewed contract, or termination of appointments.”

Tompolo also said so much pressure has been mounted on him and other leaders of the repentant fighters from ex-agitators, commanders, individuals, parents and guardians as well as communities who are beneficiaries of the amnesty programme following the delay in the payment of their monthly stipends, saying many may have judged the delay to mean a template to stop the programme.

He added that the fear of the youths has also been heightened as many of them schooling outside the shores of the nation have been expelled from schools and training institutions as their payments have not been made since the inauguration of the new administration in the country.

Tompolo stated, “thought it wise that a meeting of the collegiate leadership of the platform under which we operated as agitators could be convened to appraise the situation and possibly, explore means to douse the tension that is growing among the disarmed youths whose stipends (training allowances and tuition fees) have been delayed for months.”

He said the meeting he called was never for resurgence of hostilities in the region, adding that the ex-agitators have embraced peace and would remain supportive of various governments at all levels including the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

•Photo shows Tompolo.

 

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Posted 26/07/2015 04:12:44 AM

 

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