By Oluwayemi Davidson
A renowned former freedom fighter in the Niger Delta region and high priest of Egbesu deity, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo has refuted ongoing rumors that he is dead.
Rather, he said he is hale and hearty and in good spirit.
High Chief Government Ekpemupolo popularly known as Tompolo described the insinuations on social media as malicious and urged the public to disregard them.
He made the rebuttal through his media adviser, Dr. Paul Bebenimibo, in a press statement issued and made available to journalists in Warri on Tuesday night, in reaction to online media reports that a certain Tompolo was killed in Ogbia, Bayelsa State during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) House of Assembly and Senate primaries election.
While noting that the purported story has nothing to do with High Chief Tompolo, the statement hinted that the acclaimed freedom fighter is praying for peace in the country as the nation prepares to undergo a political transition in 2023 and is willing to contribute in many ways to the growth, unity, and progress of Nigeria.
Bebenimibo stated, “The attention of High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo has been drawn to an online report that one Tompolo was killed in Ogbia during the Peoples Democratic Party primaries for House of Reps and Senate.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this story has nothing to do with High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo. He is hale, hearty, and doing well by God’s grace.
“The general public should know that High Chief Government Ekpemupolo is a leader of the masses and will continue to speak for the masses. He is in high spirit, hoping that God Almighty will help our great country to transit successfully to another government come 2023.
“He is praying for peace and stability of this country and is always willing to contribute his quota to the development of this country socially, economically, and otherwise.
“He urged the general public to disregard the malicious online report of his death.”