The father of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, Mr, Thomas Osen Ekpemupolo is dead.
The 84-year old had one of his limbs amputated in July after he was allegedly brutalized by soldiers in Kurutie, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State.
Pa Thomas “died in the early hours of Wednesday at Lily Hospital in Warri South local government area, Warri.”
Until his death, he was the Tunteriwei of Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South-West local government area, with traditional headquarters in Oporoza.
Reacting, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, said that it received the demise with shock.
Its spokesperson, Eric Omare, stated that “The death is unfortunate and painful, especially considering the fact that he died suffering from the injuries sustained while running from military rampage on Kurutie community, Gbaramatu Kingdom, early this year.
“Indeed, Chief Ekpemupolo is a victim of military unlawful invasion of innocent people and communities of the Niger Delta region in the name of looking for militants. Chief Ekpemupolo has paid the supreme price for the Niger Delta people and cause.
“The IYC sympathizes with the Ekpemupolo family, the Gbaramatu Kingdom and the Ijaw nation on this untimely death. However, the struggle for the betterment of the Niger Delta people continues.”