A former General Officer Commanding (GOC), Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, who was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has headed to the Court of Appeal seeking to set aside the warrant of arrest issued against him.
A statement by his Counsel, Ebun Adegboruwa on Sunday, February 21, sought that the charges against him be transferred to a different judge.
The statement read: “Meanwhile, his team of solicitors have been instructed to expedite the process of hearing the said appeal, at the earliest possible time.”
“He is a law abiding citizen who is only demanding that the Federal Government should show compliance with the rule of law and due process, in the filing and prosecution of any crime that may be alleged against him.
“The relevant law enforcement agencies are being notified with the details of the appeal, so that they may be well cautioned from taking undue advantage of the criminal charge to wreck havoc upon Gbaramatu kingdom or to harass the family, relatives, friends and well wishers of Tompolo.”
Mr. Ekpemupolo and Patrick Akpobolokemi, the former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) alongside eight others were charged to Court by the EFCC.
The suspects were accused of diverting and converting to their personal use a sum of N34bn and N11.9bn belonging to NIMASA.
Meanwhile, Tompolo, yesterday, denied issuing any ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw military from the region or he would blow up oil pipelines.
A statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr. Paul Bebenimibo, read:
“We wish to state categorically that the said publication is not from Tompolo, rather it is the work of those that have sworn to kill him by all means, but Jehovah God forbid. Tompolo has stated before now, that he will not resort to violence or destroy oil facilities because of the issue he is having with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
“No amount of provocation and persecution can make him to destroy the country that he has helped to build in recent time. He will wisely continue to pursue his course legally.”
“It is his (Tompolo) prayer for those that are pushing for his death to have a re-think as he believes fervently in Jehovah God, Who sees the heart of every human being, knows that he has no evil intention against Nigeria or any individual.Therefore, he will come out stronger in the face of these temptations and trials.”