Former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo poppularly known as Tompolo has resurfaced to the public after four years in hiding.
Tompolo was declared wanted by security agencies shortly after Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president of Nigeria.
Recall also that Tompolo was declared wanted in 2016 following two bench warrants issued against him by a Federal High Court in Lagos, where he was charged with N45.9bn fraud.
Making his first public appearance 4 years after he was declared wanted, Tompolo was seen vibing to an Ijaw song with his kinsmen who wore traditional outfits.
According to eyewitnesses, he made a sudden appearance on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the Egbesu shrine in his Oporoza country home in Gbaramatu, Delta State. Video from the scene was streamed live on Facebook.
An Egbesu disciple, Bodmas Kemepadei told The Nation that the appearance of Tompolo, who is the Egbesu priest would help to facilitate resolutions of knotty issues in the Niger Delta.
The timing of Tompolo’s return coincides with the ongoing #EndSARS protests in the country.
The portests took an unexpected turn on Tuesday night when the Nigerian military staged a massacre of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos state.
Following the massacre of nigerian youths by the Migerian Army, protests errupted across the country with citizens going against the government destroying governemnt property in different cities simultaeously.
Nigerians took to social media to ask questions about Tompolo’s return at a time as this. Some see it as a good sign for the ongoing revolt against human rights violation and extra judicial killings by govenrment security agencies.