- The Niger Delta Security Watch Organization (NDSWO , has asked President Buhari to drop all charges against High Chief Oweizide Government Ekpemupolo Alias Tompolo
- NDSWO says the call is in the best interest of peace and justice in the nation
- The civil society's call comes ahead of the ex-militant warlord's birthday
Ahead of birthday celebrations for High Chief Oweizide Government Ekpemupolo Alias Tompolo, a civil society group, Niger Delta Security Watch Organization, has called on the Federal Government to withdraw all charges against the ex-militant leader.
The group which made the demand on Wednesday, April 12, said dropping the charges will be in the best interest of justice in Nigeria.
According to Daily Post, the president of the organization, Barr Dickson Bekederemo made the call as part of activities marking the 46th birthday bash of Tompolo held at Okuemi hotel in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta state.
While noting that Tompolo is innocent of all the charges leveled against him by the Federal Government with the efforts of some perceived enemies of the Niger Delta, Bekederemo stated that Tompolo fought for the interest of the impoverished and marginalized Niger Delta people.
Bekederemo noted that Tompolo has worked for the security and unity of Nigeria since he embraced and accepted Amnesty with peace.
According to him, “he ensured that pipelines were protected. He assured Hausa people that nobody will attack them should Jonathan lose election and it was so.
Bekederemo stated that the Federal Government needs Tompolo more than he needs the government.
“I want to appeal, whatever charges the Federal Government has filed against Tompolo, in the interest of justice should be withdrawn.”
NAIJ.com gathered that president of the Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, Comrade Austin Ozobo also stated that they were celebrating Tompolo because he had attracted and brought development to the Niger Delta Region.
Ozobo said,“ Tompolo is worth celebrating because he is a worthy leader. I am happy he is being celebrated. We must not wait for the people outside to come and celebrate him for us. He has brought development to the whole of the Niger Delta.”
Meanehile, renowned academician and former Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Guardian Newspaper, Prof Gordini G Darah called on the various ethnic groups in the Niger Delta to shun their differences and unite so that the blessings of the land which had eluded them will come to them.
Prof Darah made the call at the 46th birthday/inaugural lecture held in honour of Ex-militant leader, Tompolo today in Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State.
While noting that ethnic divisions were the creations of the colonial masters , Prof. Darah stated that all Niger Delta Ethnic groups evolved from one ancestral lineage, pointing out that the languages were initially not there.
According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, the birth day poster of High Chief Government Ekpemukpolo, aka Tompolo, is causing wild reaction on social media, more especially the attachment of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state as the birthday’s special guest of honour.
Tompolo’s birthday will be celebrated on April 12, 2017, the event which will mark the 46th birthday of the most wanted Niger Delta warlord by the Nigeria’s security apparatus. But what is causing trouble on the internet is the dignitaries already billed to attend the birthday slated to hold at Oku-Emi Hotels in Warri.
It has Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clarke, national leader of Ijaws as father of the day while Governor Okowa and his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, as special guests of honour.
But reactions have so far trailed the placement of Governor Okowa as special guest of honour of the birthday ceremony of a man declared wanted by security agencies in the country.