The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was asked to obey the court order, asking it to vacate the property of a Niger Delta Leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, Alias Tompolo and defreeze his bank accounts.
Making the demand in a telephone interview, on Monday an Environmentalist and Niger Delta Human Rights Activist, Chief Sheriff Mulade said, the call had become necessary in order to avert another unrest and agitation in the Niger Delta region.
Added to this, he said, courtesy of some prominent Niger Delta leaders like the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, his deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, Chief Tompolo and a host of others, the Niger Delta Region is currently enjoying an appreciable level of peace.
Therefore, he said, the Federal Government should do everything possible to avoid the ex- militants returning to the creeks to cause trouble or take up arms again, because of the refusal of the EFCC to vacate the property of their highly respected leader and father, Tompolo and unfreeze his bank accounts as directed by the Federal High Court.
“The EFCC should behave like a responsible body; respect the rule of law by respecting the Federal High Court order to vacate Tomplo’s property, because their refusal to do that is the reason for the renewed threat by the ex-militants,” Mulade said.
While saying that the ex-militants threat may be right to an extent, Mulade joined the call, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the EFCC to vacate Tompolo’s property and unfreeze his bank accounts if he (Tompolo) no longer has any case to answer.
President Buhari’s government, he said, had in the recent past proved to be a respecter of court orders, therefore, the court ruling on Tompolo’s property and bank accounts should not be treated differently, more so, Tompolo is a highly respected leader in the region.
So I advise the Federal Government to be sensitive to this issue in order to avoid chaos in the region, Chief Mulade added. He, however, appealed to the ex-militants who are already agitated by the refusal of the EFCC to obey the court order on the issue not to take to any form of violence, but should seek redress in a competent court of jurisdiction.
“I urge you to go to court and get the court to issue an order to the EFCC to do the needful and obey its order.’’ This is because, these are youths who may be looking for an opportunity to express their anger over the issue”, Chief Mulade cautioned.