Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo
Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo

*Says Frank Kokori seeking political relevance in Buhari’s Govt

By Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba

Embattled former leader of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has restated his assurance that he would eventually appear in court over the EFCC charges, for which he has been declared wanted by the law court.

He said he was only awaiting the nudge of his legal counsel presently working on the matter before making himself available.

The fugitive accused former secretary of the Nigerian Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) Chief Frank Ovie Kokori of seeking political relevance by meddling in his (Tompolo’s) affairs.

Speaking through his Media Adviser and Consultant, Paul Bebenimibo, in an e-mailed statement on Sunday, Ekpemupolo claimed that Kokori and other All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in Delta State were taking advantage of his present ordeal with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to get cheap publicity because they wanted political appointments.

In the statement in response to a call by Kokori for the former MEND leader to come out of hiding to face charges from the EFCC, Bebenimibo described the action of the former labour leader as meddlesome and political relevance-seeking.

Reacting to an article in a national daily at the weekend, titled “Tompolo should go and face EFCC Eyeball to eyeball, by Frank Ovie Kokori”, Tompolo’s aide said that “Frank Ovie Kokori and cohorts should mind their business.”

He alleged that certain Delta APC leaders and their business associates had been sabotaging the national economy by sponsoring attacks on pipelines and other oil facilities in the Niger-Delta and blaming such on Tompolo in an attempt to attract attention of President Muhammadu Buhari.