The Pere of Gbaramatu, Williams Ogoba, Oboro Gbaraun II has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to treat Government Ekpemupolo popularly known as Tompolo as his son.
Tompolo has been on the run following a warrant issued for his arrest and he has also been accused of having a hand in the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has been blowing up gas and oil pipeline.
Vanguard reports that the Gbaramatu monarch called for peace when he received Barrister Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, the deputy governor of Delta state who heads the newly constituted Delta State Advocacy Committee against Oil Facility Vandalism.
The monarch said the manhunt for Tompolo who is one of his subjects seems politically motivated and urged President Buhari not to see the ex-militant as an adversary.
“Political aggression against one another will not bring peace to anyone. I appeal to the President Muhammadu Buhari -led federal government not to take up political aggression against High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, but to see him as his son so as to stop pipeline vandalism and restore peace back in the Niger Delta region.”
He denied that members of the Niger Delta Avengers were his subjects
“The accusation is untrue and unfounded; we do not know the Avengers. We do not know their whereabouts.”
He warned members of the militant group to stop pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities in his domain as he has ordered his chiefs to secure their various communities with a view to preventing further pipeline vandalism in Gbaramatu kingdom.
Dr. Chris Ekiyor who is the secretary of the committee said they were doing all they could to arrest the violent situation in the region.
He said: “So far, we have met with the Olu of Warri , Agadagba of Egbema , Pere of Gbaramatu, Ebenanawei of Ogulagha kingdoms. We have also interacted with stakeholders, community leaders and youths in different meetings at each of the communities visited.”
“Our chair, who is the deputy governor laid emphasis on the need for communities to be more vigilant and make efforts to gather intelligence and ensure that no more vandalization is allowed within the neighborhood of the various kingdoms.”
“He appealed passionately for cooperation from communities in terms of Intelligence gathering to ensure that efforts are made towards opening contact with the Niger Delta Avengers with the hope of finding a lasting solution to the issues raised by the Avengers.
“The committee also appealed to the Niger Delta Avengers to stay action on any further bombings and allow us the opportunity to broker a negotiation with the appropriate authorities on the demand they have thus far made,”
‘The committee further called on all ex-agitators to join hands with us in reaching out to the NDA in view of the fact that there is an ongoing amnesty program that provides a large opportunity to address all misgivings.
Meanwhile, President Buhari once again urged the militant groups, aggrieved persons and communities to drop weapons and sit down at the negotiating table primarily for the review of the Amnesty Programme initiated by the Yar’Adua administration.