Former Niger Delta militant warlord and General Officer Commanding, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, High Chief Government Ekpemukpolo, popularly known as Tompolo, has led others on a ‘spiritual cleansing’ ritual for the Niger Delta communities.
The development comes amidst growing insecurity in the country.
BIGPENNGR understands Tompolo who is the spiritual custodian of the Egbesu shrine in Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom, performed the ‘cleansing rituals’ in a celebration tagged ‘Gbaraun-Egbesu, Ibolomibo-Ere and Amaseikumor Annual festival’.
He was joined by a chain of chief priests drawn from the various Niger Delta communities, according to report.
The chief host and traditional ruler of Gbaramatu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oboro Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, explained that “the Amaseikumor festival of Gbaramatu Kingdom is a series of spiritual cleansing activities meant to purify the kingdom and the entire Ijaw nation of evil, detrimental to the development of her people.
“This is a festival celebrated to entrench the nature of peaceful coexistence and foster unity among members of the Kingdom, Ijaw nation and her neighbours within the Nigerian polity. This explains the huge attendance of the festival annually by people from cross various tribes,” he said.
“Your Excellencies (governors) should engage sincerely, high level information and intelligence gathering mechanisms to stop this menacing insecurity which is adversely affecting our national economy already.
“To ensure peace, unity and security, everybody however must be involved. I therefore call on all of us to do our bit in this regard,” he remarked.