Tompolo not bigger than Nigeria; he must be arrested – Keyamo

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Nigerian law enforcement agencies have an immediate duty to arrest a former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, and produce him in court, after a judge on Thursday ordered his arrest, a government lawyer charging him for corruption has said.

Judge Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court said‎ an arrest warrant had to be issued after Tompolo failed to respond to invitations to appear before the court.‎

The judge said the process of compelling a defendant to appear before a court is to first serve him a summons.

“When he fails to appear, the other way to compel his compliance is by way of arrest,” said Mr. Buba.

“The court is in the position to order the warrant for the arrest of Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, and shall be issued forthwith,” he said.

Festus Keyamo, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said a summons was served on Mr. Ekpemupolo at his home in Warri on Wednesday.

“We obtained an order from this court two days ago and we were able to go to Warri yesterday and pasted at his gate as ordered by the court,” said Mr. Keyamo.

Mr. Keyamo applied, under Section 131 of the Administration of Criminal Justice, 2015, for the issuance of an arrest warrant for Mr. Ekpemupolo.

“The first accused person (Mr. Ekpemupolo) has consistently, even at the point of investigations, spurned all invitations to make statements,” he said.

“He even took out a paid advertisement saying nobody should push him to war. In a country with laws? That’s why we are applying for a warrant for his arrest, to let us know if he’s an outlaw.”

Mr. Keyamo told journalists outside the court room that it would be up to the law enforcement agents to ensure Mr. Ekpemupolo’s presence at the next adjourned date.

“It’s left to the law enforcement agencies to effect his arrest. One individual cannot be bigger than the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

“It’s as simple as that, though it is for them to prove that they are, in fact, in charge of law enforcement in the country.”

Mr. Ekpemupolo and Patrick Akpobolokemi, the former Director‎ General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, are accused of a multibillion naira fraud at the agency.

Others charged alongside the duo are Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, Odimiri Electrical Ltd, Kime Engozu, Boloboere Property and Estate Limited, Rex Elem, Destre Consult Ltd, Gregory Mbonu, and Captain Warredi Enisuoh.

Joseph Nwobike, counsel to Patrick Akpobolokemi, the former Director-General of the National Institute for Maritime and Safety Administration (NIMASA), pleaded for more time for Mr. Ekpemupolo to appear before the judge.

“He was served just yesterday and in the interest of justice he may, perhaps, need some time to come to court,‎” said Mr. Nwobike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Mr. Nwobike urged the judge to use his discretion before issuing the summons.

But the judge argued that a substituted service is not granted when an individual is easily accessible.

‎Six defendants, including Mr. Akpobolokemi who limped into the court room in crutches, were present during Thursday’s proceedings.

Mr. Akpobolokemi, who is also facing two other multibillion naira fraud cases, was bundled into a waiting bus by EFCC operatives last December after he refused to follow them to their office for questioning.

‎His lawyer made a subtle attempt to bring the incident to Mr. Buba’s attention but the judge said he only knew about what transpired in his court room.

Mr. Nwobike said his client was almost detained by the EFCC save for the intervention of Rotimi Williams, another EFCC prosecutor.

“If I had not put my name down, he would not have been released. Whenever they want his (Mr. Akpobolokemi) presence, they can let me know.”

‎The judge told the counsel he could “never” be a surety to an accused person.

“Let us not get the wrong impression that counsel is a surety for an accused person,” he said.

The judge adjourned the matter till February 8.

“I have not remanded anybody. If you are on remand, remain on remand. If you came from home, go back to your ‎home. Make sure you are present on the next adjourned date,” he said.


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  • Dazmillion

    Tompolo should understand there is a new sheriff in Town and his name is not Goodluck Jonathan.

    • ilesanmi

      The new Sheriff who shared in Dasukigate?

      • Dazmillion

        That story is old has has totally been discredited

      • Arabakpura

        No , he distributed Dasukifate!

    • Felix Udoh

      If the Sheriff does not obey court orders, why should anyone else?

      • Dazmillion

        When Tompolo was declaring war in a paid AD was he obeying any laws?

        • Felix Udoh

          Buhari knows where to find him. He doesn’t obey court orders, he doesn’t have the moral high-ground to ask anyone else to obey any court order.

      • Arabakpura

        Exactly my point! Let the stronger man kill the other! Tompolo intimidated Jonathan, I pray he intimidates Buhari as well!

        • ayo

          Dream on my guy…

          • Arabakpura

            Can you understand simple satire?

  • Tritcall

    Is Buhari bigger than Nigeria the he should disobey court orders as well?

    • Arabakpura

      Buhari and TomPolo are both bigger than Nigeria but one of them should be bigger than the other!

      • Burbank

        Comparing Buhari with Tompolo is like comparing a H-bomb and a musket without bullets, with Tompolo being the musket without rounds.

    • Julius

      what court order has he disobey ?. I know its your song, sing it well because nobody is listening .

      • Tritcall

        Nobody is listening but you just responded yea…

        • Julius

          You still not telling me which law he disobey. You mind telling me ?

          • Tritcall

            Tompolo was invited by the court and he refused to show up just like Buhari was ordered by the courts to release Mr Nnamdi and Dasuki but he refused.
            That’s the court order am talking about. Hope it sinks in ?

          • Julius

            Im sure your mother brought you up to always tell the truth. You didnt listen. Shame on you. Let me school ya. They were both released after granted bails but, were arrested for other charges. They have not been granted bails on those charges. Read that back to yourself again. Hope it sinks in !

          • Tritcall

            And what did your emperor say on the media brief? You will soon witness the shock of your life by the time the empire crumbles.

          • Julius

            Have you paid a solidarity visit to kanu in prison yet ? People like you come online making noise but, not doing anything to help him get out of jail. Typical Ibo man. All noise !

          • Tritcall

            So what makes you think i’m Ibo? That is just the problem with your type. You conclude before thinking.

          • Julius

            My bad, you are British !

          • Burbank

            That empire of criminals crumbled on Mar 28, 2015.

          • kinsly

            I didn’t know you are so daft,haba!

          • Tritcall

            Another MUMU in the house.

          • Burbank

            Speaking of your house.

          • Sunday umah

            You will soon understand the difference between the government of delta and government of Nigeria they sound similar but the difference you will find out if that nonentity doesn’t obey court order.

          • Julius

            hahahahahaha, thank you !

          • Burbank

            Gbam…lolz.
            He was hoping you didn’t asked him that very difficult question.

          • Julius

            There was an old movie called “Rain man”. Good movie, he repeats what is stuck in his head all the time. Thats what these fools are. They repeat things they heard and stuck in their heads never mind if its true or false.Stupid people. They dont think.

          • Burbank

            Gbam…I recalled that movie!

          • Julius

            So when you read them, just remember the movie bro. lolz

          • Burbank

            I will, thanks.

      • Emeka

        He disobeyef the order to release your girlfriend cunt. If you dont know of dansuki and kanu, rat.

        • Julius

          lo0lz. You mad ?. Moron, what girlfriend ? Typical loser , all you do is abuse, insult others. The dude and I were having a friendly and truthful convo. You put your cannibal mouth without asking for permission from Mr Julius. hame on you boy !. Now go sit in a corner till I call you.

          • Burbank

            @emeka suffers severe depression when his futile efforts to protect fraudsters, long immune from the laws, failed when Nigeria elected Buhari.

        • Sunday umah

          Please go back to your spare part shop for the fact that you manage to buy datas and start posting rubbish doesn’t make you intelligent people here have head to think I guess you lost your brain please go and do your halking and drug business.

        • Young O.G

          LOL…very funny…

      • Burbank

        Gbam

    • sunny

      Pro corruption agent,what court order is that?

      • Tritcall

        Guess your in Somalia….

        • Burbank

          Guess you are NOT in “Guantanamo.”

          • Tritcall

            No i’m not.

          • Burbank

            Guantanamo is where detainees like Saraki, Tompolo, Kanu, Metuh should be jailed, without access to court trials.

        • Sunday umah

          Somalia is better than what we have if we aren’t in Somalia would PDP be sharing Money budgeted for fight against Boko Haram? Who told you we aren’t in Somalia and is because PDP thieves or the looters already turned the country into Somalia that is why they need to be locked away

          • Tritcall

            Your just another blind fellow that is been misled. Where did the present govt get the equipment and weapons to fight Boko Haram? Guess it was borrowed yea

  • eclub

    Mr Keyamo who persecuted FFK and FFK won after all the noise and drama.

    Mr Keyamo does not disclose that he has a conflict of interest because Tompolo quarreled with him in personal capacity about a year ago, this is using state apparatus to settle a personal issue.

    • Chuks

      Even with that quarrel, Kayemo is a double faced lawyer. He has Tompolo’s telephone number and I can bet you he has been speaking with him but deliberately deceiving EFCC. He has never won any high profile EFCC case. Bankole settled him, Fani Kayode settled him, Ohakim has agreed to settle him, and Tompolo knows with Kayemo, the Federal Government has already lost the case. I don’t know why EFCC is using this dubious lawyer Kayemo? Nigerians are in for shock and shame on this issue.

  • Cleartruth

    Dictator buhari and his apc gang of liars have set a bad precedent . When we were shouting against the disobedience of court orders by dictator buhari some yoruba e-rats here thought we don’t know what we were saying. The implications of disobeying court orders by dictator buhari is that people now know that he doesn’t have regards for the judiciary and if anyone is granted bail he would disobey it. Because of this, Tompolo won’t honour any invitation by efcc or dss. I pity those security men who will try to arrest him because a lot of lives would be lost in the process and militants would go back to the creeks.
    Let the drama begin.

    • Omole Isiaka

      Your party PDP brought NIGERIA to the messy state we are today – 16 years of unfortunate rules! LOOTERS now hide under our weakened rule of laws to milk NIGERIA dry. what a pity!!!

      • Cleartruth

        I don’t belong to any party . As a matter of fact I voted for buhari and convinced my friends to vote for him. Every now and then my friends accused me of misleading them to vote for this dictator. I desire good governance and I thought buhari was the man, but he disappointed me.

        • Amir

          You are a quantum liar. I suspect you are Ijaw from your screwed way of reasoning. One thing common with Ijaws is repetitive lying. Many of them seem to have bad upbringing.

        • Burbank

          I voted for Jonathan and convinced my friends to vote for him, but Jonathan did NOT disappointed us; that’s during the voting for the best clown of the century.

        • Adeboye

          You mean your friends are uneducated and have no mind of their own. This implies you don’t reason well either. You and your friends are not mature for democracy. If you endured the past government for 5 years, why are you impatient with Buhari after only 7 months?

        • Sunday umah

          Buhari disappoint you because he is locking up he’s who have no human feelings and souls? Is it because GEJ hasn’t been looked up that is why you are committing trash? Do you know how many souls where lost and how many displaced, raped and kidnapped? In a decent world those lots will be begging God for there neck not even bail. Please park make naira move on

    • Debaptist

      Very difficult to understand what you are saying. Are your suggesting that the accused is right to disobey court orders? That’s not right.

    • IZON Redeemer

      In no distance time—–enough is enough–Freedom is our gola–Let my people now that crude is being sold at 5 cents a barrel–Jonathan should stay out of this—–trouble between Ijaw and Buhari————How can a certidficateless Fulani man be controlling my oil wells for over 60 years and still have no respect for me————————animal

      • Burbank

        “trouble between Ijaw and Buhari”

        Have you seek permission from the biafra president Alhaji Dokubo Asari ?

        • ayo

          Dokubo the coward has gone silent with the new sheriff on town….

    • Burbank

      “I pity those security men who will try to arrest him because a lot of
      lives would be lost in the process and militants would go back to the
      creeks”

      Tompolo will be another John Togo; killed in the creek with an air-strike.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Itsekiri man Keyamo-pls carry your deep seated hatred for the Ijaw Nation, away from here with your brother mumu Prof Sagay acting like a primary school boy–in Aso rock—Was Buhari bigger than Nigeria when he refused to appear bfore the late Justice Oputa Panel to defend his theft of my 2.8b dollars? And 4b from PTF? It is only when it concerns Ijaws that Keyamo often shows his hatred for the Ijaw elites—————Go Tell Nigerians why Buhari refused to show face at a panel headed by an Ibo man—-as an Itsekiri LAWYER—-Did Buhari appear before the Oputa Panel?—–Besides—-Why has Buhari continued to disobey simple court orders-for the past 7 months? ———–What is Dasuki, ati Kalu still doing in the gulag of Buhari—in spite of the order from the courts for them to be released on bail?————— Even when the courts issued the order on more than one occasion Buhari refused? So which court of this monkey talking about———————-? Tompolo has a case in court—with Efcc—He knows for sure that, if he shows face at the office of efcc———-he will never see daylight again like Kalu –Dasuki and Metuh———He may even be killed the same way Buhari murdered Ambrose Ali-Pa Ajasin and Sam Mbakwe whose Junior wife buhari took———-That is the Nigeria that the Itsekiris in the government of Buhari, yearns to create—-for the poor masses—-of the niger delta—-Keyamo say he is from Ogun state—where my mother hails from. But that his father is an Itsekiri man–I laugh——-Let the war in the Niger Delta start again–Has Buhari not killed enough Ijaws? Already, more than 32 have been killed by the Buhari Gestapo ——–now he wants Tompolo dead again————animals

    • Burbank

      “Let the war in the Niger Delta start again”

      Dont start yet
      Kanu is still caged in my zoo and the only weapon he has solicited for your war is bananas.

    • ayo

      Your neighbor an Itsekiri man is also your enemy? Na wah for you this guy. I tire….

  • FreeNigeria

    This miscreant “Tompolo” should have been locked up for life a long time ago. Our country rewards waywardness

    • Anonymous

      I wonder why. I think the Federal Government should have developed Niger Delta instead of wasting hard earned resources on few malefactor.

      • Burbank

        And these few malefactors had looted billions of dollars from Nigeria, that could have long turned ND better than Dubai.

        • Anonymous

          You are right.

    • Burbank

      Gbam

    • Sunday umah

      Thanks to imbecilic moron we brought in as president that idiotic man called GEJ that is much qualify as the leader of a motor park not country,if I have my way,I would love to acidify that bastard called GEJ.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Why Has Buhari refused to free Okah in spite of MEND pledging their support for his government-?-But was Buhari not able to free over 300 Fulani boko haram fighters? Sadly when it got to the turn of the Ijaws–he refused to touch them-with a one inch pole-separation is the answer not the rule of the Fulanis ati their Yoruba traitors-

    • Burbank

      “he refused to touch them-with a one inch pole”

      Yours is only “one inch”?

    • ayo

      We are waiting for you to start the fighting force to start your Ijaw separation. Na every time you go dey come shakara us for here. Ijaw this Ijaw that. On another note the loudest guy among your group “Dokubo has been very silent lately. You know why? Well the reason is we have proper soldiers at the helm of affairs of our army now.

    • Sunday umah

      Okoh would soon be free and the shame would on selfish greedy bastard GEJ a nonentity that deserve nothing but death by hanging

  • burning spear

    Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent on why the agitation for Biafra became so serious after former president Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure, Sagay said those clamouring for Biafra are doing so in order to intimidate President Muhammadu Buhari into giving the Igbos positions they don’t deserve having rigged themselves out of contention in the present administration.

    Describing the Igbos as die-hard loyalists of Jonathan, he said the Igbos who occupied 50 percent of federal positions in the country under the Jonathan administration resorted to rigging for the PDP in the last general elections.

    According to him, having lost out due to their lack of principle, opportunism and rigging, the Igbos decided to resurrect Biafra as a ploy to negotiate with the federal government for appointments they don’t deserve.

    “I have been studying elections very closely in this country since 2007. The Igbos were committed to Goodluck Jonathan. But they didn’t leave it at that just convince people to vote for him”.

    “They decided to rig for PDP and Jonathan. They did that yet, the party still lost out at the federal level. So, they lost out”.

    “If you look at Jonathan’s government, the Igbos were in almost 50 percent of positions in this country. But they lost out because of their rigging and opportunism and lack of principle”.

    “And now they want to take it out on Buhari by resurrecting Biafra. They want to intimidate Buhari so much. They will now want to negotiate with them and start giving them things and positions they don’t deserve. That is intimidation and threat for no just cause”

    • Burbank

      “They will now want to negotiate with them and start giving them things and positions they don’t deserve. That is intimidation and threat for no just cause”

      Great words by Sagay.

      • IZON Redeemer

        At least they are not like the Yorubas who are bowing down to the very Fulani people that Awo urged them not to bow down to–let the war with the Fulanis begin—in the Niger delta–Freedom in powerty is bettery than riches in slavery———The Ijaw Nation have never begged for anything in Nigeria–we have always fought for what rightly belong to us—————————–we are not in u –so why should u be in us—freedom is our goal–every wealth that the Fulani North–South west ati their surrogates got from Nigeria came form the oil wells in the south south–from dangote to adenuga—-to emeka offor-let my people go–for freedom is our goal

        • Burbank

          “Freedom in poverty is better than riches in slavery.”

          Thanks for being my poor slave.

  • Burbank

    “He even took out a paid advertisement saying nobody should push him to war.”

    The fugitive coward Tompolo, now hiding in the creek in Delta, will soon meet the same fate as John Togo – an air-strike.

    • IZON Redeemer

      @wahala—Ijaws are a conquered tribe in your dirty smelly cannibalistic soul abi’ ?–Kalu the leader of the IPoB now in the Gulag—of Buhari also spoke about war–where was your rotten regional ibo head then?-Are we in a society where people are supoposed to be quiet while the state refuses to obey simple court orders—-?——Sadly—-u are a disgrace to your Ibo ethnic group————The insane type the white people had in mind when they coined the word (bastard) into their dictionary–animals

      • Burbank

        “Are we in a society where people are supposed to be quiet while the state refuses to obey simple court orders”

        Yes – that’s my Nigeria and you are living in my zoo.

      • Sunday umah

        @ Burbank What a moron you are does the fool#sh group of nonentity who consider Nigerian as zoo knows how zoo is run? In a zoo animals are locked up for the safety of zoo keeper and zoo visitor if you have no regards for the law you don’t expect protection from the same law you don’t have regards for keep making noise while Kanu and all the thieves die slowly in detention.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent on why the agitation for Biafra became so serious after former president Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure, Sagay said those clamouring for Biafra are doing so in order to intimidate President Muhammadu Buhari into giving the Igbos positions they don’t deserve having rigged themselves out of contention in the present administration.

    Describing the Igbos as die-hard loyalists of Jonathan, he said the Igbos who occupied 50 percent of federal positions in the country under the Jonathan administration resorted to rigging for the PDP in the last general elections.

    According to him, having lost out due to their lack of principle, opportunism and rigging, the Igbos decided to resurrect Biafra as a ploy to negotiate with the federal government for appointments they don’t deserve.

    “I have been studying elections very closely in this country since 2007. The Igbos were committed to Goodluck Jonathan. But they didn’t leave it at that just convince people to vote for him”.

    “They decided to rig for PDP and Jonathan. They did that yet, the party still lost out at the federal level. So, they lost out”.

    “If you look at Jonathan’s government, the Igbos were in almost 50 percent of positions in this country. But they lost out because of their rigging and opportunism and lack of principle”.

    “And now they want to take it out on Buhari by resurrecting Biafra. They want to intimidate Buhari so much. They will now want to negotiate with them and start giving them things and positions they don’t deserve. That is intimidation and threat for no just cause”

  • Burbank

    Make sure you bring your mosquito coil in the creek, Tompolo.

  • 2hf

    Let Soldiers go and arrest his family!

    • Sunday umah

      No Nigeria soldiers under Buhari will not go to that lawlessness, they will arrest the vagabonds called Tompolo and if then any group want to resist the arresting officers ther will be smoked thank God oil is now less than $40 and Nigeria is looking else where they can burst all the pipeline is to there detriments

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        What alternative do you have if the oil and gas should stop flowing from Tompolo’s backyard ?

        • Burbank

          What alternative do you have if the oil and gas still flows in my Nigeria?

        • Burbank

          Tompolo will be buried in his backyard inside my oil well.

  • Man_Enough

    Tom wants to fight nigeria with 2 gun boats. I only pity his neighbours who may stop some stray bullets.

    • Burbank

      His neighbours are part of his gang – no pity from Buratai.

  • blow fissh

    Keyamo is part of the problem with Nigeria. A noise maker. How many win-able cases has Keyamo won for EFCC? A closer look will expose this (Keyamo) fraud of a lawyer.

  • Aremu Mathew Okikiolu

    He can run to the bottom of the sea, if he has any money belonging to Nigeria, he must return it to the people of Nigeria.

    • Burbank

      He will, or Buhari will give him paper to eat.

  • Cambota

    Mr Keyamu, where is your client Ibrahim Lamorde, you promised .