Again Tompolo Writes Buhari Over Missing Egbesu Chief Priest Symbol Of Authority
Again, ex-warlord, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has
written to President Muhammadu Buhari , complaining that the military was
yet to return his symbol of authority as the chief priest of Egbesu
Shrine, Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State.
The item was allegedly removed from the traditional temple about a month
ago when the Military invaded the community in search of the rampaging
Tompolo, who is said to be the chief sponsor of the renewed militancy in
the region, also alleged that the soldiers also placed the traditional
ruler of Gbaramatu Kingdom under house arrest for one week.
He said: “As I said in my previous publications, the military made away
with the symbol of authority of the Gbaramatu people from the Egbesu
Shrine, which I am the Chief Priest. They also made away with other
valuables worth several millions of naira from the community. Arrest of 10
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“The most annoying part is the purported arrest of 10 young promising men,
most of whom are orphans, who are secondary school students sitting for
the West African Senior Secondary School Examinations, WASSCE and other
palace staff who were labeled members of Niger Delta Avengers.
“As I write you now, these innocent young promising men are still with
your military for no reason. This is truly man's inhumanity to man in our
own country. We are presently being treated like conquered people because
of crude oil.
“Please kindly direct your army to return the looted items, including the
symbol of authority and also release these innocent young men to continue
their academic programme, even though they have missed the WASSCE for this
“Mr President, remember, no condition is permanent. I have kept faith in
this country. I have contributed in no small measure to the development of
this country. It is my prayer that God Almighty should preserve me to meet
you again to tell you my side of the numerous stories you have been
inundated with about me.
“This was how they arrested Chevron Nigeria Limited Staff on routine duty
in Kokodiagbene community of Gbaramatu Kingdom, and labelled them members
of Niger Delta Avengers. It took spirited effort by leaders of the kingdom
and other well-meaning Nigerians to convince the military, that the
arrested men were not involved in pipeline destruction.
“Mr. President Sir, please permit me to quickly recall a similar incident
that occurred in May, 2009, when this same military invaded several
communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, under the command of late President
Umaru Yar'Adua. Traditional worship centres were desecrated, property was
looted and above all, the multi-billion naira ultra-modern magnificent
palace of the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom was burned down, and his golden
crown was stolen by the military. Court and compensation
“As peace loving people, the kingdom approached the courts and demanded
compensation for the unlawful invasion and destruction of property, in
which the court awarded N99 billion in favour of Gbaramatu Kingdom. After
seven years of that sad incident, the Federal Government is yet to pay
“This incident also led to the declaration of the Presidential Amnesty
programme for peace to reign, as the government found out that military
action was not the best way to address the Niger Delta question and the
rest became history in the lives of those who led that invasion. I
believe Mr. President should learn a lesson from the 2009 military
invasion and do the needful.”
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