Previous pioneer of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Chief Government Ekpemupolo (AKA Tompolo) has communicated a desire to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on the Niger Delta emergency.
Tompolo, in a letter to the Buhari , said the meeting would give him a chance to tell President Buhari “his own side of the various stories he has been immersed about him.”
The warlord indicated that it was in light concern for the country for President Buhari to utilize exchange, focusing on that he ought to gain from the 2009 attack of Gbaramatu kingdom and the resultant offer of pardon when military choice fizzled.
He said, “Mr President sir, please allow me to rapidly review a comparable episode that happened in May, 2009, when this same military attacked a few groups in Gbaramatu kingdom, under the charge recently President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
“Conventional love focuses were despoiled, property were plundered or more all, the multi-billion naira ultra-present day heavenly royal residence of the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom was burned to the ground, and his brilliant crown was stolen by the military.”
While reviewing the 2009 attack, Tompolo regretted the disappointment of the Federal Government to pay the N99bn pay to the troubled group as was coordinated by the court.
He said the kingdom drew nearer the courts and requested pay for the unlawful intrusion and devastation of property on account of their quiet demeanor and confidence in the standard of law.
“Following seven years of that tragic occurrence, the Federal Government is yet to pay the pay. This occurrence additionally prompted the revelation of the Presidential Amnesty program for peace to rule, as the administration discovered that military activity is not the most ideal approach to address the Niger Delta question, and the rest turn into a history in the life of the individuals who drove that intrusion.
“I trust Mr President ought to take in a lesson from the 2009 military attack and do the needful,” Tompolo exhorted.
In the interim, he engaged the President to guide the armed force to return things including a brilliant sword that is the image of power of the Gbaramatu kingdom and different ancient rarities purportedly plundered from holy places in Oporoza.
“Today is precisely 31 days after (another) attack of the customary central command of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oporoza town, by your military drove by Brig. General Faruk Yahaya of the fourth Brigade, Benin City, with the charge that I am the one behind the shelling and obliteration of unrefined petroleum offices in the Niger Delta district.
“I was educated that the armed force was free to move around at will, and conferred such a great amount of horrifying presence in the group.
“The military carried off the image of Authority of the Gbaramatu individuals from the Egbesu Shrine, which I am the Chief Priest. They likewise carried off different assets worth a few a great many naira from the group.
“The most irritating one is the implied capture of 10 youthful promising men the vast majority of whom are vagrants, who are auxiliary school understudies sitting for the West African Senior Secondary School Examinations (WASSCE) and other royal residence staff, and marked them as individuals from the Niger Delta Avengers.
“As I keep in touch with you now, these guiltless youthful promising men are still with your military for reasons unknown. This is really man’s savagery to man in our own nation. We are without further ado being dealt with like vanquished individuals due to unrefined petroleum,” he expressed.