‘Wanted’ Tompolo heads to Appeal Court, challenges arrest warrant

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A former militant leader declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has headed to the Court of Appeal seeking to set aside the warrant of arrest issued against him.

Government Ekpemupolo (also known as Tompolo) is also asking that the charges against him be transferred to a different judge.

“Meanwhile, his team of solicitors have been instructed to expedite the process of hearing the said appeal, at the earliest possible time,” Ebun Adegboruwa, Mr. Ekpemupolo’s lawyer, said in a statement on Sunday.

“He is a law abiding citizen who is only demanding that the Federal Government should show compliance with the rule of law and due process, in the filing and prosecution of any crime that may be alleged against him.

“The relevant law enforcement agencies are being notified with the details of the appeal, so that they may be well cautioned from taking undue advantage of the criminal charge to wreck havoc upon Gbaramatu kingdom or to harass the family, relatives, friends and well wishers ‎of Tompolo.

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 them are Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, Odimiri Electrical Ltd, Kime Engozu, Boloboere Property and Estate Ltd, Rex Elem, Destre Consult Ltd, Gregory Mbonu, and Captain Warredi Enisuoh.

A federal court had, on January 14, issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Ekpemupolo after he shunned an invitation to appear before the court.

On February 8, Justice Ibrahim Buba renewed the arrest warrant‎ and a few days later, the EFCC declared Mr. Ekpemupolo wanted.

At the last court sitting, on February 19, the Commission told Justice Ibrahim Buba that the whereabouts of the ex-militant leader remained unknown.

“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,” said Festus Keyamo, lawyer to the EFCC.

“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.”

With Mr. Ekpemupolo being at large, the EFCC secured an order for substituted service of the witness summons from the judge.

The Commission’s operatives travelled to Warri, Delta State, and pasted the summons at his gate at No.1 Chief Agbamu Close, DDPA Extension, Warri, “as ordered by the court,” according to Mr. Keyamo.

‎Mr. Ekpemupolo said he’s challenging the federal court’s ruling which dismissed his application to set aside the warrant for his arrest.

In the notice of appeal filed on his behalf by the law firms of Mr. Adegboruwa and Tayo Oyetibo, the former militant leader said the court erred in law by refusing to set aside the arrest warrant, when there was no evidence to show he had been notified of the summons and the criminal charge pending before him.

Joined as respondents in the appeal are the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Patrick Akpobolokemi, Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, Odimiri Electrical Ltd, and Kime Engozu.

Others are Boloboere Property and Estate Ltd, Rex Elem, Destre Consult Ltd, Gregory Mbonu, and Captain Warredi Enisuoh.
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“Tompolo also complained that the learned trial court should have ascertained that the EFCC duly complied with the order of the court for substituted service‎, by posting the charge at the correct address as contained in the order of the court,” the statement said.

“Tompolo stated further that the application leading to the issuance of the warrant of arrest was not competently placed before the court, as the counsel that signed and filed it on behalf of the EFCC failed to affix his seal thereto, as required by law.”

The lawyers further argued that the summons and criminal charge were not pasted at the property on No.1 Chief Agbamu Close, DDPA Extension, Warri, Delta State.

“The premises shown in the picture exhibited to the affidavit of service as the place where service was purportedly effected is situated at Rifevie Close DDPA‎ Warri Delta State which is not less than 500 metres away from Chief Agbamu Close Warri.

“The decision of the learned trial judge refusing to set aside the purported service is, with respect, perverse.”


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  • stanejike

    The battle of the LION and the UNICORN…. interesting…

  • Richard Wall

    tompolo’s days are numbered. It’s just a matter of time before he is apprehended dead or alive. Inspite of his earlier braggadocio, he sent traditional rulers to seek a soft landing for himself.Now he is utilising the legal process, which is what he should have done since.
    Has anyone noticed that there are no more bombings of pipelines after tompolo’s failed attempt to intimidate the government ?
    The late inimitable Gani Fawehinmi (may his soul rest in peace, Amen) must be turning in his grave seeing that his former proteges, mike ozehkome, tayo oyetibo and ebunola adegboruwa have become the lawyers of choice for all manner of criminals, for filthy lucre.It is a crying shame. Adegboruwa was/is the lawyer for the notorious criminal, the late, unlamented, so -called, eze ego and his wife.No wonder he was so loud in shouting about ” the rule of law ” , in relation to the criminals involved in Dasukigate. He was just advertising his services to them.
    The late Gani Fawehinmi refused to appear on behalf of joshua dariye when he was challenging his impeachment as the governor of Plateau state because of his unsavoury reputation exemplified by his jumping bail in the United Kingdom.We really miss Gani. He would never take any of the cases his former boys are scrambling over now.
    Shame on you ozehkome, oyetibo and adegboruwa. Lawyers to the looters of our commonwealth.

    • Observer

      Richard you said it all,these lawyers are onlymaking money from Tompolo, but staining their names in return

    • IZON Redeemer

      We will rather have Tompolo commit SUICIDE –drink rat poison——-than hand himself over to an Itsekiri goat like———————Prof Sagay—————-Tompolo hails from one of the richest families in the Niger Delta—-He was born into wealth——The father was the first Ijaw man to own a football club in the first division—Iselemadi-So he did not become rich via Jonathan—Who made it possible for Itsekiri pigs–drug addict like Pastor Ayo to own a plane————–Jonathan assisted the Itsekiris—–but when it got to their turn—the Itsekiri parasites started killing Ijaws in the creeks of the Niger Delta—Helping Buhari to murder the relations of Jonathan—in Yenagoa————–Any Ijaw man who aligns with an Itsekiri man or woman will remain cursed—forever———-That is why the Ijaws do not make progress –They hardly ever know who their enemies are in the Niger Delta-The deap seated hatred the Itsekiris have for the Ijaw Nation—-started long before Jonathan became president-The Itsekiris are the people wgho went to the Yorubas——to plead with thwem not to vote for Jonathan—with the aid of the wife of Tinubu who is married to one of those Itsekiri whores

      • Richard Wall

        What business does the highly revered Professor Itse Sagay ( S.A.N) have with tompolo?tompolo’s case has to do with the federal government, and not with Sagay, or even Festus Keyamo, who is just the prosecutor. Norrison Quakers (S.A.N) , an Izon man, could even have been the prosecutor if he had been on the list of EFCC’s private prosecuting counsel.What would the Izon have said then?

        Do you know that the same Keyamo that Izon people are insulting was the same person who secured the conviction of thief ( this is no typographical error) bode george ? Did Yoruba people defend thief bode george and insult Keyamo ? The answer is no. The story is the same with tafa balogun , iyabo obasanjo , sunday afolabi ,otunba fasawe , etc etc, for the Yoruba and joshua dariye , sule lamido, lucky igbenidion , gabriel suswam ,sambo dasuki , etc, etc , for other ethnic groups. Did their ” people” defend them and claim they were being persecuted. The answer is no .Why is it different when it comes to the Izon and biafrans? This is a very serious character flaw in Izon people.

        My brother, you Izon people have to rethink your attitude. You have the same type of siege mentality as biafrans and always believe someone is out to get you. You also always defend your kinsmen blindly even when they are alleged to have engaged in criminal behaviour.

        Are you happy that tompolo and patrick akpabulemi or whatever his name is are alleged to have misappropriated around 34 billion naira from NIMASA ? Are you happy that tompolo and his goons destroyed pipelines, thereby causing environmental pollution in the same Niger-Delta he claims to love ? Are you happy that tompolo and badluck jonadaft fraudulently paid 13 billion naira for a parcel of land that is worth less than a tenth of that? The 13 billion naira could have been used to upgrade the Maritime Academy at Oron, in Akwa Ibom state, or are you now saying that Akwa Ibom is a ” parasite” state, like you Izon call those states that are not oil-bearing. The money could also have been used to complete the east-west road or used to provide potable water for the oil-polluted areas of the Niger-Delta., or even construct an Independent Power Plant to serve parts of the Niger-Delta ( like the one servicing LNG at Bonny , in Rivers state ,or Mobil at Eket, in Akwa Ibom)

        Evil is evil regardless of who does it. As long as Izon continue to defend their” brothers” accused of criminality, they will continue to be regarded with contempt, like the biafrans, by other ethnic groups.

        Another problem the Izon have is that they are always at logger heads with their neighbours, e.g. Arogbo-Jaw vs Ilaje in Ondo, Ijaw vs Bini in Edo , Arogbo-Ijaw vs Ilaje in Lagos, Ijaw vs Urhobo in Delta, Ijaw vs Itsekiri in Delta, Andoni (Ijaw in Rivers state) vs Ogoni, etc, etc. I even learnt on good authority that the Ijaw are claiming they own Idah,(Igalla land ), on the banks of the River Niger , in Kogi state.

        When your “brother” badluck jonadaft was in power, your people were so domineering and managed to alienate every other ethnic group in Nigeria (especially in the Niger-Delta). The Niger-Delta struggle was then hijacked by the Ijaws who conflated the Ijaws to be the Niger-Delta, to the consternation of the other ethnic groups in the Niger-Delta.

        To make things worse, badluck jonadaft was so tribalistic that almost all the federal appointments due to the Niger-Delta were given to Ijaws.He also allowed thugs like that fat pig, asari dokubo, ankio briggs , emmanuel clark , etc, etc, to insult all other ethnic groups.

        Now no Ijaw man will ever be elected president of Nigeria, thanks to jonadaft’s actions and inactions.To top it all, jonadaft was so manifestly incompetent and corrupt that Nigerians now think all Ijaws are like that , since they all blindly supported him. We would not want to have a president ,whose people think is above reproach and will support blindly like what happened during jonadaft’s tenure.

        When OBJ was in power, his greatest critics were his Yoruba brothers. When Yar’adua was in power, Ribadu , el-rufai, etc, etc, were his greatest critics. Fulani people did not rise to his defence anytime he was criticised. When Shagari was in power, Aminu Kano , Abubakar Rimi , Dr Junaid Muhammed , Balarabe Musa, etc, etc, were among his greatest critics. Even when Yoruba people criticised him , Fulanis/northerners did not automatically jump to his defence. Even now that PMB is in power, Fulanis /northerners do not automatically jump to his defence. That is how it should be, not like how the Izon did their own during jonadaft’s time. Now they have lost the opportunity of an Ijaw person ever becoming the president because of their tribalistic behaviour.

  • FreeNigeria

    Tompolo has no respect for Nigerian law, but wants Nigerian law to protect him. Hmmmmmmmm

  • IZON Redeemer

    We will rather have Tompolo commit SUICIDE –drink rat poison—-and die–Instead of handing himself over to an Itsekiri goat like———————Prof Sagay—————-Tompolo hails from one of the richest families in the Niger Delta—-He was born into wealth——The father was the first Ijaw man to own a football club in the first division—Iselemadi-in Warri———————-which the Itsekiris claim is owned by them today- -So he did not become rich via Jonathan—Who made it possible for Itsekiri pigs–drug addict like Pastor Ayo to own a plane————–Jonathan assisted the Itsekiris—–but when it got to their turn—the Itsekiri parasites started killing Ijaws in the creeks of the Niger Delta—Helping Buhari to murder the relations of Jonathan—in Yenagoa————–Any Ijaw man who aligns with an Itsekiri man or woman will remain cursed—forever———-That is why the Ijaws do not make progress –They hardly ever know who their enemies are in the Niger Delta-The deap seated hatred the Itsekiris have for the Ijaw Nation—-started long before Jonathan became president-The Itsekiris are the people who went to the Yorubas——to plead with them not to vote for Jonathan—with the aid of the wife of Tinubu who is married to one of those Itsekiri whores—-in lagos.

    • Daniel

      Please study the factual history. E.K. Clark’s father was a helper in the palace of the Olu of Warri. You need to go back in time to know that the Ijaws were never on land;rather they were pirates terrorising the water ways.

      Has that changed today?

  • olat

    D court shd ask defence counsel to sign an undertaken to produce his client within two weeks and failure shd lead to suspension of their law license or serve a prison term pending his client submit himself 4 trial. D court shd b protected.

    • aisha ani

      Thank you for this, enough is enough. Buhari must retire the person in charge of these Judges because I don’t think he knows what he is doing. Why has he/she not come out to make a statement, the whole judicial system has gone crazy.

  • Man_Enough

    Do these lawyers represent tompolo without seeing him? Why are the security agents saying they don’t know his whereabouts.they should ask the lawyers.

  • Action Group

    Ebun Adegboruwa is not showing finesse as a lawyer who can defend his client very well,for him to come out and say his client will not come out of hiding until the FG complies substantially to rule of law by obeying court orders.Haaba,is this Mandamus or what? Tompolo you had better come out of hiding before your properties are confiscated because of bad legal advices that can’t stand the test of time from your lawyers.