- The Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusaders urges the federal government to drop criminal charges against Tompolo
- The group said the continued harassment of Tompolo by the government is unwarranted
- It reiterates its support for the former Niger Delta militant leader
The Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusaders (FOHURAC) on Wednesday, April 11, called on the federal government to vacate the criminal charges against former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.
According to the Vanguard, the group said that the continued hounding of Tompolo was unwarranted.
The national president of the rights group, Alaowei Cleric, in a statement, said: “As the legendary Niger Delta martyr clocks 47 today (Thursday), there is need for the federal government to give him a birthday gift by withdrawing the criminal charges leveled against him. There is no reason for the continued persecution of Tompolo in the hands of the ruling government.
“Tompolo is being persecuted today because of his resolve to fight for the collective will of the Niger Delta people.
“For us in this region, we know where his travails are coming from and thus we cannot abandon him. Niger Delta people share his pains because he is fighting for the freedom of the region.
“An attack on Tompolo by the federal government is an attack on the Niger Delta people. As far as the government keeps on persecuting him, we the people who are standing by him will ward off the government’s aggression against him.
“We shall take all lawful means to confront the powers that be for the freedom of Tompolo in his fatherland. Our solidarity with him in recognition of his martyrdom towards the region remains unwavering.
“We use this medium to celebrate him and pray God to continuously guide him. We wish him long and prosperous life as he has added another feather to his years.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) declared its full support for Tompolo.
The council made its position known on Friday, November 10, 2017, via its leader, Pereotubo Oweilaemi.
Oweilaemi warned those he referred to as ‘laptop fraudsters masquerading as militants’, to leave Tompolo alone.
He stated that the IYC would not sacrifice Tompolo, like their forefathers sacrificed another Ijaw son, Isaac Boro.
Meet Sunny Ofehe, the new face of Niger Delta development - on NAIJ.com TV: