Thursday, 21 July 2016

BREAKING: Tompolo's top associates arrested by the Nigerian Soldiers

Reports by Vanguard has it that the Nigerian military have arrested suspected associates of ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, in Warri, Delta state.

A source who revealed the information said two of Tompolo’s ally a member of Delta Waterways and Land Security Committee (DWLSC) and an ex-councilor were arrested by soldiers on Tuesday, July 19. The name of the duo arrest were given as Simon Bebenimibo and Bomboy Oluwa, who were said to have been taken to the military barracks in Effurun.

Reacting to the arrest, spokesperson of the Ijaw People Development Initiative (IPDI), Daniel Ezekiel, condemned the military for allegedly breaking into the residence of the DWLSC member through the roof and arresting him without a court warrant.

His words: “We condemn the military action of breaking in through the roof of Simeon Bebenimibo’s home without a court warrant to arrest him, an act that amounts to kidnapping and abduction. “ This is barbaric, obnoxious and unlawful. The military has no such powers except empowered by a valid court warrant. 

It is sad and we are disappointed. “ It is very disappointing and it is our demand that those military officers, who conducted themselves as kidnappers should be court marshalled. “ Bebenimibo hails from Gbaramatu Kingdom and is a member of Delta State Waterways and Land Security Committee. 

“The military invaded his home in Warri at 12.05 a.m., on Tuesday in three trucks in a commando fashion as if they were going to war. “In the process, they subjected his entire household, among them his little kid of five years, to a traumatic experience.”

According to the source, the recent action of the military has alerted other key associates of Tompolo who are now said to be on the run for fear of being arrested too. Tompolo went into hiding to evade arrest after being summoned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) early this year. 

According to the anti-graft agency, it is investigating the ex-militant for unclear dealings involving the sale of parcels of land worth about 13 billion naira to the federal government under the last administration.

The EFCC has since frozen the accounts of Global West Vessel Specialists Nigeria Limited allegedly owned by Tompolo.

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