Embattled former militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo has denied issuing an ultimatum to the Federal Government to withdraw troops from the Niger Delta region.
He described reports of the purported deadline as handiwork of his enemies who want to see his end.
A statement by his media aide, Comrade Paul Bebenimibo stated: “It has come to our notice that some mischief makers have made a publication in the name of High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, which is trending in the social media, that he has given few days to President Muhammedu Buhari to withdrew military from the Niger Delta region, otherwise he is going to blow up oil pipelines.
“We wish to state categorically that the said publication is not from Tompolo, rather it is the work of those that have sworn to kill him by all means, but Jehovah God forbid.”
The statement insisted Tompolo has stated his resolve to toe the path of peace despite his face-off with security operatives.
He said he would “not resort to violence or destroy oil facilities because of the issue he is having with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
“No amount of provocation and persecution can make him to destroy the country that he has helped to build in recent time. He will discretionally continue to pursue his course legally.
“It is his prayer for those that are pushing for his death to have a re-think as he believes fervently in Jehovah God Who sees the heart of every human being, that he has no evil intention against Nigeria or any individual, therefore he will come out stronger in the face of these temptations and trials.”
source: The Nation