Police On Tompolo’s Trail

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TompoloTHE Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has given an assurance that the Niger Delta Militant leader, Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, would be arrested in due time.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commis- sion (EFCC) recently accused Tompolo of divert- ing public funds of N45.9bn.

Few weeks ago Federal High Court in Lagos had issued a warrant of arrest on him, being an order sought by EFCC to get the accused person to face justice.

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Tompolo, who is facing 40-count charge, is be- ing tried alongside the ex-Director General of Ni- geria Maritime Safety Agency, Mr. Patrick

Akpobolokemi, in connection with alleged di- version of N45.9 billion in the execution of con- tracts.

Speaking during a tour of the Ekiti Command Friday, Arase said: “We are looking for Tompolo and my men are on his trail. We will arrest him anywhere we sight him”, he said.

Speaking on the Arrest Warrant also served on Dr. Tope Aluko by an Ekiti Magistrate Court, the IGP added that the police have not been served with the warrant of arrest issued against the em- battled secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti, adding that necessary actions will be taken to determine the legitimacy of the war- rant when eventually served.

Arase, who commended his men for working hard to combat crime in

Ekiti, warned them against putting up acts that amount to extra-judicial killings, as such devel- opment attract more litigations and consequently starved the them of funds.

About the welfare of his men, the IGP added that his administration

will provide housing units in all the 36 com- mands and Abuja , for every rank and file to take ownership of a two-bedroom flat before retire- ment, while scholarship will be offered to officers to get degree certificates.

“I‘m complaining that I have no money to send you for training, why must we now incur more litigations? Because, when I am sued, the

Police’s accounts will be garnisheed.

“Nigerians are more intelligent now, if you infringe on their right, they will go to court and unfortunately the IG will be the person to be sued even when he is not there”, he said.

The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti Command, Mr. Etop James, revealed that the command re- quires a total of 4,206 officers to make up for the shortfall in personnel, describing this as very in- imical to their performances.