Niger-Delta Crisis: Tompolo Behind Niger Delta Avengers, Ex-Militant Alleges

TompoloA former militant, ‘General’ Africa Ukparasia yesterday accused a fellow former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo of trying to make the country ungovernable for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, warning him to desist from any further attacks on oil installations.
‘General’ Ukparasia told journalists in Abuja yesterday that Tompolo, who is currently on the run from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is the brain behind the recent destruction of oil installations in the Niger Delta, saying he was prepared to assist the government to stop the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers.
The Avengers is a new militant group in the oil-rich Niger Delta, which claimed responsibility for the recent spate of bombings of critical oil and gas assets in the region.
The group, which claims to have no links with Tompolo, recently warned the fugitive ex-militant leader to desist from condemning its nefarious activities in the Niger Delta.
Ukparasia, however, did not buy the public display of hostilities between the Avengers and Tompolo, recalling that in the run up to the 2015 general election, the latter vowed to make the country ungovernable for the Buhari government if former President Goodluck Jonathan lose his re-election.
He said: “I want to state categorically that the Niger Delta Avenger is not a new group. It is Tompolo that is behind the group and what they are out to do is to carry out their threat to make the government ungovernable for the APC. We will not allow that to happen.
“Tompolo is the person behind the attacks in the Niger Delta and so, Nigerians and people of the Niger Delta should not think that there is a new militant group. I am confirming that it is Tompolo that is behind the group. It is not a new militant group.
“It is Tompolo that is disturbing the peace of the people of the Niger Delta. So, I am warning him to stop the unnecessary action and stop disturbing this our government because the government is very sincere.
“During the last government, nobody heard of the name Avenger causing problem and causing damages to our oil installations. But today, before the last election, Tompolo vowed and it was all over the media that if Jonathan does not win the election, he will make the incoming government ungovernable. That is what he is doing now. So, nobody should be surprised about what is happening now because it is Tompolo that is doing it”.