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Niger Delta: Nigerians Reacts As Tompolo Re-enters The Political Space Again

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Ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, has made his first public appearance after hiding for six years.

Tompolo, who led the disbanded Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), went underground in 2015.

At the time, the former militant leader was facing trial in an alleged N45.5billion fraud case.

Tompolo makes first public appearance after six years
Tompolo has made his first public appearance after six years. Photo credit: @GuardianNigeria

A picture of his appearance showed the former warlord and his friends dancing, worshipping, and offering Thanksgiving to Egbesu, an Ijaw god.

Elvis Tunde, a Nigerian on Twitter wrote on Twitter:

“Tompolo probably came out as part of their annual festivities. Make una no dey find war for where war no dey abeg.”

Another Nigerian, Beremi Hero, wrote on Twitter:

“Fear the name Tompolo but he’s not here to fight, do be calm but his appearance is a strong message to federal government.

“He’s the general commander of all Niger Delta militant. They need to fear him because he can cripple government under two days.”

Meanwhile, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Nigeria’s deputy Senate president, has kicked against the recent sale of gold bar by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Omo-Agege who is from oil-rich Delta state made his grievances known during Senate plenary on Wednesday, October 14.

The issue raised by Omo-Agege is one of the reasons why individuals like Tompolo declared war on the Nigerian state in the past.

There have been talks about the central government discriminating against oil-producing areas in the country without giving them their due.

Recall that the Zamfara state government’s announcement that it would sell its gold to the CBN sparked outrage in the country last week.

Many Nigerians frowned at the move, wondering why the state is handling its own resources why the situation is different in the southern part of the country.


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