The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has warned the federal government against the plot to arrest ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo.
According to the group, the arrest is capable of creating instability in the region and the whole country.
PM News reports that the warning was contained in a statement made by Udengs Eradiri, the president of the IYC.
Eradiri alleged that the invitation of Tompolo by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was a ploy by the federal government to slam terrorism charges and other related charges on him.
He noted that the move shows that by the APC-led government it is not prepared to rule the country in peace.
“The federal government wants to create unnecessary distraction for itself. It has insurgency of Boko Haram in the North East, pro-Biafra agitation in the East and now it wants to instigate crisis in the Niger Delta region,” he said.
Eradiri described the plan to arrest the ex-militant leader as unnecessary, vindictive and witch-hunt.
Meanwhile, Tompolo also issued a statement claiming that the federal government is after him because he refused to join the APC and support its governorship candidate in Bayelsa state, Timipre Silva.
The ex-militant leader made the allegation reacting to a statement by the EFCC threatening to declare him wanted within seven days if he failed to submit himself for interrogation in connection with an alleged fraudulent multi-billion naira property transaction.