Amid security alert among military formations in the Niger Delta region, the Frontline Niger Delta, ex-militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo popularly known as Tompolo, has denied that the meeting convened by him and other ex-militant generals under the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) was to reactivate militancy in the region and frustrate the administration of President Muhammad Buhari.
High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, triggered tension in the region on Thursday with a summon on all former leaders and fighters under the defunct MEND to regroup on Saturday in Yenagoa for an emergency meeting to discuss the stake of the Niger Delta under the administration of President Muhammad Buhari.
Tompolo, in a statement issued yesterday by his media officer, Paul Bebeminibo and signed by him, stated that the tension generated by the summon for a meeting among ex-agitators and ex-militant leaders is misplaced, uncalled for and mischievous as they are not out to counter the present administration of President Muhamud Buhari on any issues.
Meanwhile, a faction of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has reacted to the meeting convened by High Chief Government Ekpemupolo and dissociated themselves from the purported meeting of “MEND/Ex-MEND Leaders” scheduled to hold today in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
According to the statement by Gbomo Jomo, “MEND wishes to state categorically that the proposed meeting is merely an assembly of dubious contractors and disgruntled elements, reacting on behalf of oil thieves and corrupt officials of the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan.”