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What stolen Gbaramatu symbol means

Wanted ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, has cried out from hiding over the alleged theft by military personnel of an artifact, which he described as the symbol of authority of the chief priest of Egbesu Shrine, Oporoza, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State.

In an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, June 28, Tompolo declared himself Chief Priest of Egbesu shrine, which is the traditional worship centre of the Gbaramatu people and said the military was yet to return his symbol of authority allegedly removed from the traditional temple about a month ago.

Tompolo’s open letter reads in part: “Mr. President sir, “Traditional worship centres were desecrated, property were looted and above all, the multi-billion naira ultra-modern magnificent palace of the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom was burned down, and his golden crown was stolen by the military”.

What is the symbol?

The symbol Tompolo seeks is reportedly a golden sword which signifies the authority of the Gbaramatu kingdom which traditionally resides in the Egbesu Shrine, Oporoza.

“As I said in my previous publications, the military made away with the symbol of authority of the Gbaramatu people from the Egbesu Shrine, which I am the Chief Priest. They also made away with other valuables worth several millions of naira from the community,” Tompolo claimed.

  • Daniel Fayemi for

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