High Chief Thomas Osen Ekpemupolo, the Tunteriwei of Gbaramatu kingdom and father of embattled Niger Delta ex militant leader, Tompolo is reported dead today.
A confidential source discloses to Gbaramatu Voice Newspaper that Tompolo’s father died at the early hours of today at Lily Clinic, Deco road, Warri in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Our correspondent noted that Chief Thomas Ekpemupolo at 84 years was brutalised by the soldiers during the May 28th 2016 Military siege of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
However, the ex militant leader, Tompolo in a strong worded open letter to President Mohammadu Buhari dated 22nd of July 2016 raised the alarm that the military invasion of the Kingdom have led to the brutalisation of his aged father by the army which later metamorphosed to the amputation of the lower limb of his father.
In the said letter, Tompolo like a prophet expresses fear for the survival of his father due to the alleged severe military torture meted out on his aged father.
Part of the letter written by High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo dated 22nd July 2016 read in part:
“That same day, the military went to Kurutie Town in search of my 84 years old father and brutalized him. We managed to rescue him to Warri and hospitalised him. Sadly, one of his lower limbs was amputated two weeks ago. From the doctors report, it will be a thing of miracle if he survives this incident. Is this 84 years old man also a member of the Niger Delta Avengers, that he was brutalised to the point of death? Will your excellency accept this in good faith if this was done to your father or someone of this age in your family? I have not heard of anyone that was treated like this even in the volatile North Eastern part of the country. I have said it in many occasions that the issue I am having with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will not lead to violence or resort to destruction of pipelines and other oil facilities, because I have a good case. ”
As at the time of filling this report, no official statement have been issued by any member of the Ekpemupolo’s family.