Former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo has been seen in public for the first time in 4 years after being declared wanted by security agencies.
The former Militant leader had gone into hiding in 2015 after the Federal Government deployed troops to arrest him shortly after Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as Nigeria’s President in 2015.
Tompolo was declared wanted in 2016 following two bench warrants issued against him by a Federal High Court in Lagos, where he was charged with N45.9bn fraud.
Speaking in a court after the declaration was made, the anti-graft agency told a federal judge that the whereabouts of the former militant leader was unknown. The EFCC further disclosed that all the security agencies can’t find him.
Minister of state for Labour, Festus Keyamo who was a counsel to the EFCC at that time said;
“We wish to inform the court that the warrant of arrest that this court issued in respect of the first defendant (Mr. Ekpemupolo) has not been executed despite the best efforts of all the security agents in this country.
“Every security agent in this country is involved in the search for the first defendant. What is unfolding is something that has never been seen before in this country for a very long time.”
However on July 15, 2019 a federal court dismissed the charges against Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, a company linked to the former Niger Delta militant leader.
Making his first public appearance 4 years after he was declared wanted, Tompolo was seen vibing to an Ijaw song with his kinsmen who wore traditional outfits. According to eyewitnesses, he made a sudden appearance at the Egbesu shrine in his Oporoza country home in Gbaramatu, Delta State. Video from the scene was streamed live on Facebook.
An Egbesu disciple, Bodmas Kemepadei told The Nation that the appearance of Tompolo, who is the Egbesu priest would help to facilitate resolutions of knotty issues in the Niger Delta.
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— Emmanuel Omadhebo (@eomadhebo) October 22, 2020