By Emma Amaize
Rights group, Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, IPDI, has said former General Officer Commanding, Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, acquitted of fraud charges by Federal High Court, Lagos, last week, had restless nights in the forest, where he survived for four years, forsaken by his friends.
IPDI, in a statement by the Board of Trustees, BOT, Chairman, Mr. Cletus Itari, applauding the ex-militant leader for his doggedness, asserted that “the last four years were sad for him.
“Many of Tompolo’s friends abandoned him; some of his brothers deserted him and confidantes ran away.
“Many thought his end had come; his enemies were happy when he was declared wanted for the second time. He lived in the forest for the past four years without a night’s sleep.
“A selfless man was crucified for nothing. When we say the man was innocent, people refused to listen, but now, every eye has seen.
Source: Vanguard Newspaper