Saturday, 21 May 2016

NEWS:---Warri monarch urges Buhari to treat Tompolo like a son

Warri monarch urges Buhari to
treat Tompolo like a son


– Delta state set up a committee
to look into pipeline vandalism in
the region
– The committee headed by the
deputy governor has moved to the
creeks
– William Ogoba who is a Warri
monarch urged President Buhari
to treat Tompolo lightly
The Pere of Gbaramatu, Williams Ogoba,
Oboro Gbaraun II has appealed to President
Muhammadu Buhari to treat Government
Ekpemupolo popularly known as Tompolo as his
son.
Tompolo has been on the run following a warrant
issued for his arrest and he has also been accused of
having a hand in the activities of the Niger Delta
Avengers, a militant group that has been blowing
up gas and oil pipeline.
Vanguard reports that the Gbaramatu monarch
called for peace when he received Barrister
Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, the deputy governor of
Delta state who heads the newly constituted Delta
State Advocacy Committee against Oil Facility
Vandalism.
The monarch said the manhunt for Tompolo who is
one of his subjects seems politically motivated and
urged President Buhari not to see the ex-militant
as an adversary.
“Political aggression against one
another will not bring peace to
anyone. I appeal to the President
Muhammadu Buhari -led federal
government not to take up political
aggression against High Chief
Government Ekpemupolo, alias
Tompolo, but to see him as his son
so as to stop pipeline vandalism and
restore peace back in the Niger Delta
region.”



He denied that members of the Niger Delta
Avengers were his subjects
“The accusation is untrue and
unfounded; we do not know the
Avengers. We do not know their
whereabouts.”
He warned members of the militant group to stop
pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities in his
domain as he has ordered his chiefs to secure their
various communities with a view to preventing further
pipeline vandalism in Gbaramatu kingdom.
Dr. Chris Ekiyor who is the secretary of the
committee said they were doing all they could to
arrest the violent situation in the region.
He said: “So far, we have met with the
Olu of Warri , Agadagba of Egbema ,
Pere of Gbaramatu, Ebenanawei of
Ogulagha kingdoms. We have also
interacted with stakeholders,
community leaders and youths in
different meetings at each of the
communities visited.”

“Our chair, who is the deputy
governor laid emphasis on the need
for communities to be more vigilant
and make efforts to gather
intelligence and ensure that no more
vandalization is allowed within the
neighborhood of the various
kingdoms.”
“He appealed passionately for
cooperation from communities in
terms of Intelligence gathering to
ensure that efforts are made towards
opening contact with the Niger Delta
Avengers with the hope of finding a
lasting solution to the issues raised
by the Avengers.
“The committee also appealed to the
Niger Delta Avengers to stay action
on any further bombings and allow
us the opportunity to broker a
negotiation with the appropriate
authorities on the demand they have
thus far made,”
‘The committee further called on all
ex-agitators to join hands with us in
reaching out to the NDA in view of
the fact that there is an ongoing
amnesty program that provides a
large opportunity to address all
misgivings.
Meanwhile, President Buhari once again urged
the militant groups, aggrieved persons and
communities to drop weapons and sit down at the
negotiating table primarily for the review of the
Amnesty Programme initiated by the Yar’Adua
administration.