FILE: Ateke Tom boys are arriving to their camp 9 hidden in the mangrove in the Niger Delta in July 2009. | Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images

Leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, (MEND), Chief Government Ekpemupolo a.k.a. Tompolo has dissociated himself from the reported attack on gas pipeline connecting gas from Escravos-Warri-Lagos-Abuja.

Chief Tompolo, who condemned the attacks in a telephone chat today, stating that he did not rule out a connection between the destruction and the arrest warrant issued by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

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He said, “I am not responsible for the attack and I condemn it as a dastardly act. I am aware that some persons might want to destroy oil installations and strive to link it to me, that was why I said before time that I have nothing to do such coward act and related activities.

“I could not have gone ahead to carry out such action knowing that every finger will be pointed at me because of my case with the Federal Government,” he added.

Tompolo, who spoke through Mr. Paul Bebenimibo, his media aide, urged those who carried out the attacks to change their ways.


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