Ex-militant denies receiving N1.5bn from NIMASA monthly

NIMASA’s pioneer chairman, Tijani Ramalan had made the allegation during a recent interview.

Former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo (pictured)

Former militant, Government Ekpomupolo, also known as ‘Tompolo', has denied reports that he receives a sum of N1.5billion monthly from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

NIMASA’s pioneer chairman, Tijani Ramalan had made the allegation during an interview with Leadership Newspaper.

Tompolo’s response was contained in a statement released by his spokesperson, Paul Bebenimibo.

It reads:

“My attention has been drawn to a publication in the Leadership newspaper of Wednesday June 3, 2015. In the said publication, one Ahmed Tijani Ramalan made very wild, unsubstantiated allegations against my person that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) pays me the sum of N1.5 billion monthly for the protection of the nation’s maritime domain.”

“Without any further stress, it is obvious that the said Ramalan is merely seeking an undue attention. And whatever that attention is, I make bold to say Ramalan who claims to be the pioneer chairman of NIMASA is not just economical with the truth but his outburst is an exhibition of ignorance and mischief which should be ignored by all.”

“Ramalan’s contraption of any sum being paid to me is therefore rubbish, malicious, unsubstantiated and display of ignorance. I can only pity such a man whose intention is perhaps to rubbish my name and needlessly drag me into the fray of disputes at a time the new government of President Muhammadu Buhari is barely one week in office.”

Tompolo also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the allegations levelled against him by Ramalan.

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