The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase has on Wednesday, February 17, declared that his men now have the warrant to arrest ex-Niger Delta militant Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), who was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with respect to a N45.9b fraud in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Speaking to pressmen in Abuja, Arase said the Police commissioners in Delta, Rivers, Edo and others have been issued the warrant for his arrest
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.
Tompolo and a former Director-General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, 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.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos issued an arrest warrant to the nation’s security agencies to produce Tompolo before February 19 to appear and answer 40 counts on an alleged N45.9bn fraud.