The Coalition of Niger Delta (CND), a pressure group, has urged the federal government to direct the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release all assets of ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, hitherto seized.
The group said the call for the immediate restoration of the seized assets back to Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, became necessary following the Federal High Court judgement that dropped all corruption charges against the ex-militant leader.
The group, while hailing the Court judgment, made the call in a statement made available to newsmen, after a virtual meeting held Thursday.
The statement, signed by its national chairman, Tamarapreye Tareware, secretary, Prince Meshach Bebenimibo and the seven Niger Delta state coordinators, stressed that the Court has shown once again, that it is “the hope of the common man”.
It said “we commend the court’s decision. The said judgement is a vindication of Tompolo’s innocence on charges of fraud leveled against him.
“Elements who have concocted such allegations are people truncating the development of the Niger Delta Region and as such their plans have failed woefully.
“It should be categorically stated here that Goverment Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo has always been in the fore front of development in the Niger Delta.