With barely four days to the stipulated 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, the Bayelsa Police Command has deployed policemen in the creeks of the state to arrest him.
The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, had ordered the Bayelsa State Police Command to carry out Tompolo’s arrest in compliance with the Court’s order to present him before February 19 for his failure to appear and answer 40 counts on an alleged N45.9bn fraud.
Tompolo and a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, alongside eight others were charged to Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The suspects were charged along with four companies, namely: Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, Odimiri Electrical Limited, Boloboere Property and Estate Limited and Destre Consult Limited.
The suspects were accused of diverting and converting to their personal use a sum of N34bn and N11.9bn belonging to NIMASA.
Justice Ibrahim Buba had issued a bench warrant against Tompolo and ordered that he must be produced in court on February 8, however Tompolo was not arrested before the due date by the police, who claimed that they were not served the court order.
This prompted the judge to re-issue the order for the ex-militant’s arrest.