The military is currently in the dark about the whereabout of Tompolo who has been declared wanted by the government.
The Acting Director of Information, Office of the Chief of Defense Staff, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar has declared that the army does not know whether Ex-militant leader, High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, Alias Tompolo is dead or alive, according to the DailyPost.
Brig. Gen. Abubakar made the statement during his tour of military establishments in the State. He was also at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Warri Correspondents’ Chapel.
Abubakar said, “I don’t know if Tompolo is dead or alive but all I know is that the Armed Forces and other security agencies are ready to mitigate the various security challenges in the Niger Delta Region.”
He also bemoaned the spate of criminalities and terrorism in the North East and Niger Delta by the Islamic Sects and promised on behalf of the Armed Forces to continue providing and maintaining security in the area.
He debunked the claims that that the Armed Forces is against some communities in the region.
According to him, “Those insinuations are coming from people who feel our presence will impede their illegal operations in the Niger Delta.
We are here to provide, maintain security and create the enabling environment in line with the constitution which is our mandate.”
Brig. Gen. Abubakar appealed to the media practitioners and other stakeholders in the Niger Delta to shun every form of sentiment and synergize with the Armed Forces to move the nation forward.
Brig. Gen. Abubakar said, “My visit here is to inform you that Nigeria’s Armed Forces and Security Agencies are extending the hands of friendship in a way of collaboration, synergizing and equally seeking their cooperation and your understanding taking into cognizance the fact that we are engaged in many operations across the spectrum of this great country. Media is one of the key stakeholders that we have at the back of our mind as a very key partner in mitigating the barriers of operations that the military and other security agencies are undertaking and we want to remind you that media being an agent of the escalation and fostering peaceful and harmonious relationships, it becomes important that we have this forum.”