IT is not yet Uhuru for some Niger-Delta militants who embraced amnesty in 2009 as they battle psychological and mental trauma, which have allegedly snowballed into ceaseless nightmares in their rehabilitation camp.
Sources squealed to ENCOMIUM Weekly that the militants are allegedly suffering from insomnia, which has led to panic within the camp. According to our source, the militants confided in their ‘General’, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, known as Tompolo, that they have been having constant nightmares. They allegedly complained that they always see in their dreams blood and faces of those they killed in their dreams.
Thus, the militant ‘General’ who had earlier visited Prophet T. B. Joshua in the Synagogue Church of All Nations, at Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos in 2010, promised to take them there for deliverance. “The militant ‘General’ had earlier visited the church where he received deliverance and promised to return with his colleagues. He fulfilled his promise a few days ago as he later came back with eight hardened and rough-looking militants who were allegedly notorious at their camps in the creeks. They surrendered their arms and lives to Jesus Christ and received deliverance by the man of God. The man in the Synagogue prayed for them and also assisted them with N200,000 each. He equally enjoined them to learn from their past deeds, saying that although they had surrendered their arms, they needed to be set free from the evil spirits that propelled them to commit evil acts.
The church’s spokesperson, who responded to our call on Sunday, January 30, 2011, confirmed the story, but he debunked the allegation that they surrendered their arms and ammunition to the man of God. “Yes, it is true that some militants came to the Synagogue for deliverance. The militants, especially from Tompolo’s camp, complained that they were having sleepless nights and nightmares. They complained that they always see the images of the people they killed anytime they want to sleep. Thus, they were brought here for deliverance. However, the allegation that they submitted their arms to the man of God is untrue. The militants that came here were those who had embraced amnesty and had surrendered their arms at their camps. They are currently in the rehabilitation camp.”
We also spoke to the Lagos PPRO, Frank Mba, on the legality of surrendering arms to the church, but he declined to make any comment, saying he is unaware of such.
It would be recalled that in October 2009, Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a Tompolo, publicly embraced the government’s amnesty offer. He made his acceptance at a meeting with late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
- This story was first published in ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday, February 1, 2011