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Tompolo Ex-militant leader's father dies after alleged military brutality

Tompolo alleged that his father's lower limbs were amputated in July due to 'rough treatment' from soldiers.

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Thomas Osen Ekpemupolo, father of ex-militant leader, Government 'Tompolo' Ekpemupolo's is dead.

According to Gbaramatu Voice, a community newspaper in Delta state, Ekpemupolo, 84, died in the early hours of Wednesday at Lily Clinic, Deco Road, Warri.

Although the  Ekpemupolo family is yet to make any official statement as regards the cause of his death, Tompolo in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari expressed fears of his father surviving the "rough treatment" received from the military.

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Tompolo alleged that his father's lower limbs were amputated in July due to the harsh treatment from soldiers during the military siege to root out members of the Niger Delta Avengers in the community.

“From the doctor’s report, it will be a thing of miracle if he survives this incident,” Tompolo said.

Until his death, he was the Tunteriwei of Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South-West local government area with traditional headquarters in Oporoza.

Tompolo has remained at large after he was declared wanted by the Nigerian government in February, 2016.

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