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Tompolo 'I'm not behind Niger Delta Avengers', ex-militant leader says

Tompolo said it would be an irrational move for him to resort to destroying of oil installations because he is being prosecuted by the EFCC.

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Former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, better known as Tompolo, has distanced himself from the new militant group in the group called Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

The group has claimed responsibility for the recent attacks on oil facilities in the egion.

Tompolo stated this in a signed statement and made available to newsmen in Warri, Delta State on Monday, May 16.

He said the continuous military siege on Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area, his commune, is unnecessary because he has nothing to do with the NDA.

“It baffles me that the Nigerian military has refused to believe that I am not part of the group and its activities.

“I am obviously a victim of circumstance in this matter because of my case with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),’’ he said.

Tompolo said it would be an irrational move for him to resort to destroying of oil installations because he is being prosecuted by the EFCC.

READ: 'I don't deserve this mental onslaught' - Tompolo writes Buhari

He said government was wrongly informed that he is behind the new militant group.

“May I once again point out that those accusing me of the destruction of oil facilities in part of Delta are simply looking for relevance, recognition and pipeline surveillance contracts,’’ he said.

The ex-militant however urged the Federal Government to carry out a thorough investigation to uncover those behind Niger Delta Avengers.

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