Accuses Johnny of being responsible for bombings
Says he did not send anyone to attack oil facilities
Again, alleges that his case with the EFCC will not make himself resort to any act of violence
Drama as the most dreaded ex-agitator in the Niger Delta, High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo have threatened to drag Chief Michael Johnny, the chairman, Egbema-Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation(EGCDF) to court for malicious damage while also accusing him as the mastermind of the bombings.
Tompolo made the accusation in a press statement by his media consultant, Mr. Paul Bebenimibo today, reveals that “information at the disposal of security agencies indicates that a suspect in their custody had confessed that Michael Johnny sent him (the suspect) to bomb oil facilities” Mr. Paul said.
Reacting to what he described as a faceless online publication, Bebenimibo have warned against anyone trying to use Tompolo’s name to seek relevance in the present administration to desist from such acts, as he vows to resist it by any available legitimate means.
The statement while debunking claims linking him as being part of recent bombings, alleges that not even the case with EFCC will derail his strong resolve not to carry arms.
The statement read “The attention of my client, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo has been drawn to an online publication by a faceless person or persons, that militants have vowed to attack more oil facilities over Tompolo, if Federal Government of Nigeria refused to drop the criminal charges against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“High Chief Ekpemupolo (Tompolo) unequivocally dissociates himself from this threat as he did not sent anyone to attack oil facilities in the Niger Delta region because of his case with the EFCC. Tompolo has consistently denied involvement in the resurgence and bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.” Mr. Paul stated.
It added “This online publication is coming two days after one Michael Johnny has accused Tompolo in Channels Television programme, State of the Nation of been behind the bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta region. Tompolo watched the programme with great disbelieve as Michael Johnny accuses him of the brain behind the bombings of oil facilities, whereas information at the disposal of security agencies indicates that a suspect in their custody had confessed that Michael Johnny sent him (the suspect) to bomb oil facilities. That means that Michael Johnny is the one behind the bombings of oil facilities in the Niger Delta. Tompolo has instructed his lawyers to sue Michael Johnny for malicious damage.
“Tompolo has said in many occasions that he will not resort to violence and bombing of oil facilities because of his case with the EFCC. Tompolo sued the EFCC for illegally placing non-debit order in his company account in Warri before he was hurriedly dragged to court by the EFCC in Lagos. And after a year, the court has refused to hear his case for frivolous excuses. And he has vowed to patiently pursue his case rather than resorting to violence and bombing of oil facilities which is greatly affecting our economy.
“Finally, we wish to warn that no one should use Tompolos name to seek relevance in the present administration as such moves will be resisted by any legitimate means.” The statement warned.