Government Ekpomupolo, also known as ‘Tompolo’ has denied that he was collecting N1.5 billion monthly from the Jonathan administration for protecting oil pipelines as alleged by the pioneer chairman of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Alhaji Tijani Ramalan.
Speaking through his spokesperson, Paul Bebenimibo, Tompolo said Ramalan is merely seeking desperate attention in the hope of getting a job.
“My attention has been drawn to a publication in the Leadership newspaper of Wednesday June 3, 2015. In the said publication, one Ahmed Tijani Ramalan made very wild, unsubstantiated allegations against my person that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) pays me the sum of N1.5 billion monthly for the protection of the nation’s maritime domain.
“Without any further stress, it is obvious that the said Ramalan is merely seeking an undue attention. And whatever that attention is.
“I make bold to say Ramalan who claims to be the pioneer chairman of NIMASA is not just economical with the truth but his outburst is an exhibition of ignorance and mischief which should be ignored by all,” the statement read.
“Ramalan’s contraption of any sum being paid to me is therefore rubbish, malicious, unsubstantiated and display of ignorance. I can only pity such a man whose intention is perhaps to rubbish my name and needlessly drag me into the fray of disputes at a time the new government of President Muhammadu Buhari is barely one week in office.”
Calling on President Mohammadu Buhari to ignore the allegations against him, Tompolo, added that the intention of Ramalan is to generally misled and probably position himself for a comeback to NIMASA.