This unspeakable joy is not unconnected to the freedom the Federal High Court granted to their son, former warlord and frontliner in the struggle for the development of the Niger Delta region, Government Ekpemupolo also known as Tompolo.
A prominent traditional High Chief in the region, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, the Ibe-serimowei (Kingdom Promoter) of the Ancient Gbaramatu Kingdom has also expressed profound joy over the dismissal of all the 40 count charges against the Niger Delta freedom fighter, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, by a Federal High Court on Wednesday.
In a statement made available to The Story in the early hours of Thursday, High Chief Mulade, noted that Tompolo, has contributed positively to the development of the Niger Delta even in the face of persecutions.
He pointed out that amidst the troubles from all corners against him, he was able to attract the Nigeria Maritime University to Okerenkoko, to the region I Delta State as well as other mega projects to the region.
He commended Tompolo for his steadfastness and doggedness against all odds towards securing a better life for the Niger Delta people.
The National Coordinator, Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), urged him to sustain the struggle for the emancipation and development of the region, adopting a non-violence approach of constructive engagement through peaceful dialogues.
While congratulating former Director General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), Patrick Akpolokemi and others for the freedom and exonoration of the once troubled Niger Delta forward looking personalities, Comrade Mulade described the timely outcome as victory and good news for the Ijaw Nation and the Niger Delta Region at large.
It would be recall that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government, has declared Tompolo wanted over frivolous allegations running into N45.9 billion.
It would also be recall that Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court Lagos, has discharged former Niger Delta Ex-Militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly called Tompolo, over charges of N45.9bn fraud.
Justice Buba upheld the no-case submission filed by Tompolo and others.