High Chief Thomas Osen Ekpemupol, the father of Government Ekpemupolo, a former militant commander in the Niger Delta, also known as Tompolo, has died following medical complications following injuries he sustained during the military raid of Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu kingdom in May.
A team of soldiers of the Nigerian Army invaded invaded Tompolo’s hometown in the early hours of Saturday, May 28, 2016 brutalizing senior citizens, raping women, and looting.
According to sources, Tompolo’s father died in the early hours of Wednesday, September 8, 2016 at a hospital in Warri, Delta State.
Paul Benenibo, a spokesperson for Tompolo, confirmed the dead of the 84-year-old chief who was, until his passing, the Tunteriwei Of Gbaramatu Kingdom.
“He died in the early hours of today as a result of the military assault on him on at his hometown in Kurutie on May 28,” Bebenibo told TheCable.
In July, Tompolo, a former militant who was one of the commanders of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, alleging that one of the limbs of his octogenarian father had been amputated as a result of assault from security agents.

He accused the Buhari-led government of labelling his aides and family members as members of the Niger Delta Avengers for the purpose of hunting them down.
“I wish to write your Excellency once again on the continuous harassment and intimidation of my family members and close associates by your security agencies (Nigerian Army, Navy, Department of State Service (DSS), and the Police) in connivance with one Ayiri Emami and Michael Johnny, both members of your party, All Progressives Congress (APC),” the letter read.
“The military men stormed the house of one of my younger brothers, and harassed his pregnant wife with guns pointed at her.
“Sadly, one of his lower limbs was amputated two weeks ago. From the doctors report, it will be a thing of miracle if he survives this incident. Is this 84 years old man also a member of the Niger Delta Avengers, that he was brutalised to the point of death? Will your Excellency accept this in good faith if this was done to your father or someone of this age in your family?
“I have not heard of anyone that was treated like this even in the volatile north-eastern part of the country. I have said it on many occasions that the issue I am having with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will not lead to violence or resort to destruction of pipelines and other oil facilities, because I have a good case.”
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