Former Niger-Delta militant leader, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo -Asari, has strangely fallen – out with the leader of the defunct Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, saying he (Tompolo) had never been involved in Ijaw nor Niger- Delta struggle.
Stakeholders suspect that Dokubo-Asari was angry with Tompolo over the pipeline surveillance contract the Federal Government awarded him, which extended to parts of Rivers state.
In a trending video, Dokubo-Asari said: “I cannot even compare myself to Tompolo, it is unimaginable that I will condescend to the level of Tompolo. Who is Tompolo, what are his antecedents, and what is his name?
“Who is he, do not allow me to open a can of worms, who is Tompolo, which Ijaw struggle is he fighting? He is fighting the Itsekiri people calling it the Ijaw struggle and the Niger Delta struggle. Is he even involved in the Ijaw struggle?
“Fighting war with Itsekiri, do not allow me to talk, he has never been involved in the Ijaw struggle. Never. Gbaramatu versus Itsekiri – that is the war he is fighting. He is not even defending other Ijaw people who are fighting, Ogbe-Ijoh has been fighting with Aladja has Tompolo gone there before,” he said.
Some weeks ago, Tompolo, reportedly reached out to Dokubo-Asari and High Chief Ateke Tom in Rivers state, but it appears Dokubo-Asari and Tompolo have not sorted out the bone of contention.