By Binebai Princewill
Following the Federal High Court Judgment in Lagos on Wednesday by Justice Buba, discharging former Niger Delta warlord, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo free of N45.5bn fraud charges slammed on him and others by the Federal Government anti graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC), Apst. Dr. Godspower Tomone has expressed hope on Nigeria’s Judiciary.
Dr. Tomone, one of the Niger Delta leading philanthropist is Chairman of the Godspenal International Football Academy and also founder and chairman of the One Love Community Development and Promotion of Peace Initiative (OLCDPPI) had particularly lauded the bravery of Tompolo by always maintaining peace despites provocations from several quarters.
Apst. Godspower had particularly called on the Federal Government to make peace with Tompolo for a better and stronger Nigeria with economic prosperity, stressing that the Niger Delta living legend is a man of peace as a fight against him is a battle for the Lord Almighty and Ijaw nation at large.
The philanthropist made the appeal yesterday at his community Youbebe in Ogulagha Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State while celebrating the freedom judgement of Tompolo and others.
The appeal was contained in a press statement issued to newsmen in Warri, a copy of which was made available to The Liberator Newspaper, personally signed by Tomone.
In his words: “The acquittal of High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo by the Federal High Court has vindicated our earlier stance that the man was just persecuted by his traducers. We knew that the EFCC was just being used by Tompolo’s enemies as a cannon fodder to witch hunt the man.
“We also knew from the beginning that the man would be vindicated at the test of time. We believe the world can now appreciate our cry for justice, when we were condemning the manner Tompolo and his Company, Global West Specialist Vessel Limited were being persecuted.
“We make bold to say that Tompolo was only being persecuted by his detractors, especially for the altruistic services he has rendered to the nation through NIMASA which some agents provocateurs saw as an impingement of their fraudulent business interests in the Niger Delta.
“We are grateful to God Almighty and to the Nigerian judicial system. We see this victory as a victory for our collective interest as a nation and for the economic stability in the oil sector. We appeal to Nigerians from all works of life, especially the political class to play our politics with brotherly love for the promotion of our corporate unity. Let us eschew political bickering or politics of division. We also appeal to Tompolo to use his victory at the Court to render more altruistic services to the nation. He should forgive and forget every grievances he perhaps had in mind towards his detractors. The time to heal the old wound is now as Nigeria needs his services one way or the other.
“To the government of Nigeria, Tompolo remains not only an ambassador of peace but also a source of economic growth in the Country. We therefore urge President Buhari to renew his contract with NIMASA once it has expired. At this critical period of our very existence, especially arising from the global pandemic which has affected the economy of the world, we need the likes of Tompolo to add value to our dwindling economy. His services are needed at this point in time to recoup the economy.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Tomone noted that the years of political incarceration of Tompolo has brought more darkness to the Ijaw nation and has had a major draw back to the Ijaw nation’s progress.
Using the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme as a reference point, Dr. Tomone stated that because Tompolo has been incarcerated no one seem to be taking steps to ensure that things are done properly in the Niger Delta region.
Expressing his disappointment, Apst. Godspower stressed that it is wrong for the Federal Government of Nigeria to under the guise of Interime Committee appoint an Hausa man to coordinate an office that duely belongs to the Ijaws, adding that it is shameful.