Kinsmen of embattled former militant, Chief Government Ekpemupolo a.k.a Tompolo, in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, have given President Muhammadu Buhari one week ultimatum to release 10 students and palace workers arrested 47 days ago by members of the Joint Task Force (JTF).
The kinsmen, mostly women, led by the National Women Leader of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Chief Vero Tangbuwei, on Wednesday, in Warri, demanded the immediate release of the teenagers or be ready for a showdown in Abuja.
The women, most of whom are mothers of the arrested suspects, who have been denied sitting for their May/June WAEC and NECO examinations, marched through the NPA axis of the busy Warri/Sapele road wailing and weeping while rolling on the floor.
They were also dressed in black attires and armed with placards with inscriptions such as “Mr President, free our sons,” “46 days on, nowhere to be found,” “They are not Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), they are students of Gbaraun Grammar School, Oporoza” and “This is pure oppression, free our innocent children,” among others.
Leader of the women, Chief Tangbuwei, while addressing journalists, said they were afraid the young boys might have been killed summarily, asking the military to release them if their allegation was unfounded.
“For two months now, we have not heard from these children. At least, they should arraign them for trial or hand them over to the police.
“We don’t know where they are, we believe they have killed our children. Federal Government should bring our children.
“Army should bring our children. Buhari should bring our children. You can see the mothers, they are crying.
“Gbaramatu people are peace-loving and law-abiding people. Our mothers are crying. We don’t know where they have kept them. Their parents have not allowed me to rest,” she noted.
According to the women leader, Buhari would have much to contend with if the boys were eventually declared dead by the military.