IG issues order for Tompolo’s arrest

The Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase said that his men have been ordered to arrest ex-Niger Delta militant Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after a court issued the warrant for his arrest.

Tompolo was declared wanted by the EFCC in connection with allegation of fraud in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Arase said, “We are still looking for Tompolo. The commissioners of police in Delta, Rivers and all those areas have been given the warrant for the arrest so that they could carry out the arrest.

“The EFCC has declared him wanted and you know the court has issued a warrant of arrest. So, it is the duty of the EFCC to publish him as a wanted person and it is our duty to ensure the arrest.”

EFCC on January 14 filed 40-count charges of alleged money laundering, conspiracy, stealing and diversion of funds against Tompolo and a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Apobolokemi at a Federal High Court in Lagos.

Four other persons and companies were also arraigned by the anti-graft agency. They are Kime Engozu, Rex Elem, Gregory Mbonu and Captain Warredi Enisuoh. The companies are Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, Odimiri Electricals Limited, Boloboere Property Estate Limited and Destre Consult Limited.

The suspects allegedly diverted the sum of N34billion which accrued from the public private partnership agreement between NIMASA and Global West Vessel   Specialist Limited for personal use.

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