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Tompolo Military blamed for death of ex-militant leader's father

Tompolo said his father’s lower limb had to be amputated in July because of the way they treated the old man.

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

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

(Sahara Reporters)

The father of former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo, is dead.

There are reports that he sustained injuries when military men raided Gbaramatu kingdom on May 28, 2016, in search of the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.

Tompolo, who has been in hiding for some time now, had earlier issued statement decrying the treatment meted out to his father by the Army.

In the statement which he published as an open letter to President Buhari, the ex-militant alleged that the soldiers handled his father roughly.

Adding that his father’s lower limb had to be amputated in July because of the way they treated the old man.

He said “Is this 84 year old man also a member of the Niger Delta Avengers that they brutalized him to the point of death?”

Tompolo’s father, Thomas Osen Ekpemupolo died on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at a hospital in Warri – Delta state.

In May 2016, the Niger Delta Avengers accused two top officers of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Faruk Yahaya and Major. M. B. Yahaya  of receiving N250m bribe from businessman, Ayiri Emami, to destroy Gbaramatu Kingdom.

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