BREAKING News:- Militant Leader Tompolo Declared Wanted

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The Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) on
Thursday declared a top
Niger Delta militant leader,
Government Ekpemupolo,
alias Tompolo, wanted.
The anti-corruption agency in
an advertorial signed by its
Head of Media and Publicity,
Wilson Uwujaren, said it
declared Tompolo wanted
following two bench warrants
issued against him by a Federal
High Court in Lagos, where he
has been charged with N45.9bn
fraud.
In the said advertorial which
carried a photograph of
Tompolo, the EFCC described
him as a 47-year-old, dark-
complexioned man from
Okerenkoko, Gbaramotu
Kingdom in the Warri South-
West Local Government Area of
Delta State.
The wanted Tompolo, whose
address was given as No. 1,
Chief Agbanu Street, DDPA
Extension, Warri, Delta State, is
said to speak both Izon and
English languages.
The public notice by EFCC read
in part, “The general public is
hereby notified that
Government Ekpemupolo (a.k.a.
Tompolo), whose photograph
appears above, is wanted by the
Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission in relation to the
offence of conspiracy, illegal
diversion of the sum of
N34,000,000,000.00 and
N11,900,000,000.00 belonging to
the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety
Agency.”
Justice Ibrahim Buba of a
Federal High Court in Lagos
issued a bench warrant against
Tompolo on January 14 after
he shunned a summons dated
January 12 issued on him by the
judge to appear in connection
with the fraud charges filed
against him and nine others by
the EFCC.
Justice Buba had then ordered
the law enforcement agencies
to produce Tompolo before
him on February 8 for him to
answer the charges, but rather
than appear in court on January
8, Tompolo brought an
application seeking to quash
the bench warrant and arrest
order.
The judge, who dismissed the
application for lacking in merit,
renewed the arrest warrant and
directed all law enforcement
agencies to produce Tompolo
before him on February 19.
Tompolo’s lawyer, Mr. Tayo
Oyetibo (SAN), after failing to
get the bench warrant vacated,
turned down the responsibility
of undertaking to produce his
client in court.
Once you have “stolen” enough
money to be able to hire a SAN
in Nigeria, you are a VIP. Sigh!

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