Abuja - Former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, complained to President Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday, that the military had not returned his symbol of authority as the chief priest of Egbesu Shrine, Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom, removed from the traditional temple about a month ago, Vanguard reports.
Tompolo in an open letter to the President said that the incident occurred about 31 days ago when soldiers invaded Oporoza in his absence in search of him on allegation that he was behind the bombing of oil facilities in the region.
Besides the abomination, he said they also placed the traditional ruler of Gbaramatu kingdom under house arrest for one week.
He asserted: “As I said in my previous publications, the military made away with the symbol of authority of the Gbaramatu people from the Egbesu Shrine, which I am the Chief Priest. They also made away with other valuables worth several millions of naira from the community.”
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“The most annoying one is the purported arrest of 10 young promising men, most of whom are orphans, who are secondary school students sitting for the West African Senior Secondary School Examinations (WASSCE) and other palace staff, and labeled them as members of the Niger Delta Avengers.
“As I write you now, these innocent young promising men are still with your military for no reason. This is truly man’s inhumanity to man in our own country. We are presently being treated like conquered people because of crude oil,” he said.
He appealed to the President “to please kindly direct your army to return the looted items, including the symbol of authority, and also release those innocent young men to continue their academic programme, even though they have missed the WASSCE for this year.”
News24 two months ago had reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned the ex-militant leader,
He was arraigned at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos and presided over by Justice Mohammed Buba.
The EFCC raised a 22 count charge against the ex-militant.
- News 24