A former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Chief Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), has dissociated himself from the alleged attack on workers at the site of the $16 billion gas project in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
Tompolo, who was reacting to a report published on Monday, regretted that it was targeted at pitching him and his Ijaw compatriots of Gbaramatu clan against their Itsekiri neighbours.
He warned reporters against using his name on reports that he knew nothing about.
In a statement by his media consultant, Mr Paul Bebenimibo, the former MEND leader said: “Journalists are hereby warned to desist from this wicked practice as it will bring them nothing good but evil.
“The very recent one being a report that boys loyal to High Chief Ekpemupolo allegedly shot at JAD Nigeria Limited workers, who were carrying out a clearing job at the Itsekiri end of the EPZ site. There is no iota of truth in that story. It is simply mischievous, frivolous and sensational.
“He is aware of the evil tendency of some journalists to incite the Itsekiri against him and sell their newspapers. Let such journalists know that he is at peace with the Itsekiri. This was evident in his visit to leaders of the Itsekiri some time ago.
“High Chief Ekpemupolo has nothing to do in the EPZ site as he has no contract or job to do in the EPZ site. This can be confirmed from the owners of the project.
“The only interest he has in the EPZ project is the protection of what rightly belongs to the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom; that is Gbaramatu deep sea port, which land belongs to the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom and has been so designated by the Federal Government during the grand-breaking ceremony on March 26, 2015.”
Source: The Nation