The immediate past governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has asked the federal government to return the property it seized from a former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo following his acquittal of corruption.
Recall that a Federal High Court, Lagos on Wednesday dismissed the N34 billion fraud case filed by the government against Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, a firm linked to Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo.
But in a statement on Thursday by the media aide to Dickson, Fidelis Sorowei, the former governor also congratulated Tompolo on his victory, adding that the acquittal is for all Niger Deltans.
Dickson also condemned the delay in appointing a substantive coordinator from the region for the Presidential Amnesty Programme. He called on the Federal Government to make the appointment without further delay.
He also called on the Federal Government to implement all resolutions and agreements it reached with the Pan Niger Delta Development Forum on long-term development, security and stability of Niger Delta.
The statement said: “We call on appropriate authorities to hand over the property seized from him (Tompolo) and his company.
“We also reviewed developments and rising tension among ex-agitators in Niger Delta and condemned the delay in appointing the coordinator (of the PAP) and asked for the immediate appointment of a boss for the office.”