Arrest Warrant: We’ll Soon Nab Fleeing Tompolo- IGP Arase
Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase today vowed that the fleeing Niger Delta Militant leader, Mr Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a Tompolo, would be arrested in due time. Tompolo has been charged for multiple multi billion naira fraud charges before various courts in Lagos. Following his failure to honour court summons, two arrest warrants were issued against him as a result of which the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared him wanted.
Speaking during a tour of the Ekiti Police Command today, Arase said: “We are looking for Tompolo and my men are on his trail. We will arrest him anywhere we sight him.” Speaking on the arrest warrant also served on Dr. Tope Aluko by an Ekiti Magistrate Court, the IGP added that the police has not been served with the warrant of arrest issued against the embattled secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti, adding that necessary actions will be taken to determine the legitimacy of the warrant 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 development attracts more litigations and consequently starve them of funds.
About the welfare of his men, the IGP added that his administration will provide housing units in all the 36 commands and Abuja , for every rank and file to take ownership of a two-bedroom flat before retirement, 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 while he is not there.
“We must learn how to respect the fundamental rights of the citizens. The reason why we normally punish you during extra-judicial offence has been that as trained officers, who carry arms, you owe the responsibility to protect lives and property and that was why you were trained”, he said.
Arase urged the command to improve on its intelligence gathering through community policing, stating that this remains the best way to get credible information from the public and gain the people’s confidence to combat criminalities .
The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti Command, Mr Etop James, revealed that the command requires a total of 4,206 officers to make up for the shortfall in personnel, describing this as very inimical to their performances. The CP begged the IGP to order that no officer should be transferred out of Ekiti without immediate replacement.