Four days to the February 19 date given by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to the nation’s security agencies to produce the former ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, there is no clue on his whereabouts.
The police have deployed policemen in the......
creeks of Bayelsa State to arrest a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo.
It was learnt that the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, had ordered the Bayelsa State Police Command to carry out Tompolo’s arrest in compliance with the order of a Federal High Court, Lagos.
It was reported that the IG had directed his officers to apprehend Tompolo, who has also been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
It will recalled that Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court had ordered the arrest of the ex-militant leader for his failure to appear before him to answer 40 counts on an alleged N45.9bn fraud.
The EFCC had charged Tompolo and a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, alongside eight others with N45.9bn fraud.
Buba had issued a bench warrant against Tompolo and ordered that he must be produced in court on February 8, 2016 “by all means to answer the charges.”
Tompolo was however not arrested before the due date by the police, who claimed that they were not served the court order.
When the matter came up in court on February 8, Tompolo also failed to show up, prompting the judge to re-issue the order for the ex-militant’s arrest.
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