We Will Soon Arrest Tompolo – Police IG on Wanted Ex-militant leader


The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, has said that the police is on the trail of Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, following a court order that he should be arrested.

The IGP, who visited the Ekiti command on Friday, told newsmen after an interactive session with officers and men of the command, that the man would be arrested.

Arase, when asked why Tompolo has not been taken to court following two warrants against him, said that “we are looking for him. We will arrest him.”

Speaking on a warrant by an Ado Ekiti magistrate’s court for the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State to arrest a former secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Dr. Tope Aluko, for alleged perjury, the Inspector-General said the police had not received any such warrant.

“I’m yet to see the arrest warrant. I’m a professional cop; I hate being dragged into political issues and as much as possible, we try to insulate the Force from such political discourse.

“When I see the warrant, we will look at it and see whether we will get involved in it. If we cannot get involved in it, we would get to the Attorney General’s office to proffer the way forward,” the police boss said.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Etop James, revealed that the command required a total of 4,206 officers to make up for the shortfall in personnel, describing this as very inimical to their performances.

Reacting to the dearth of men of the rank and file in the Force, Arase said the police would recruit 10,000 annually with a view to filling the lacuna.

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