As the EFCC seeks permission to consolidate moves to smoke out Chief Oweizide Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo by confiscating his properties, Huhuonline.com can disclose that the former militant leader is currently being harbored by the Delta State government.
Tompolo, who has two arrest warrants on his head and was declared wanted by the EFCC, was sighted in the home of Delta State Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro in Asaba, on Wednesday 17th February. He is still believed to be holed in there.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) wants Tompolo arraigned on a 49-count charge including the diversion of N45.9 billion.
The EFCC has filed 49 charges against Tompolo that includes conspiracy and diversion of funds belonging to NIMASA but the ex-militant leader has failed to make himself available as ordered by the court.
Also, the EFCC, Thursday, sought an order to seize properties belonging to the embattled ex-militant at No. 1 Chief Agbamu Close DDPA Extension Warri (Effurun), Delta State.
The properties the EFCC intends to seize include:
(i) All properties of Mieka Dive Ltd and Mieka Dive Training Institute Ltd situated at No. 77, Lioth Street, ODPA Ugborikoko, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State.
(ii) All properties of Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd.
(iii) All properties of Muhaabix Global Services Ltd.
(iv) A River Crew Change Boat named MUHA – 15
(v) The property known as “Tompolo Dockyard”, by the end of Enerhen Road, Effurun, Warri.
(vi)The property known as “Tompolo Yard”, at the end of Chevron Clinic Road, next to Next Oil, Edjeba, Warri.
(vii) The Diving School at Kurutie, at Escravos River.
(viii) The property known as “Tompolo House” at Oporaza Town, opposite the Palace.
(ix) Any other property discovered by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission, moveable and immoveable, belonging to the 1st Accused person.
Since he was declared wanted, security agents had traced the ex-militant who hails from Okerenkoko, Gbaramutu Kingdom in the Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, to his last known address at No. 1, Chief Agbanu Street, DDPA Extension, Warri, Delta State, but he was nowhere to be found.
However, sources close to Kingsley Otuaro claim that Tompolo is hiding in his house.
They assert that Tompolo also rides with the deputy governor’s convoy to avoid being detected by security operatives who are on the look-out for him. Recall that the police has promised to arrest Tompolo on sight since the EFCC declared him a wanted man and since the court placed an arrest warrant on him.
The Deputy Governor’s motorcade conceals Tompolo, because security agents do not stop the convoy for procedural frisking, reveals Huhuonline.
It is believed that Otuaro is protecting Tompolo as pay back for handpicking him for his current position. Tompolo singlehandedly picked Otuaro as running mate to current Delta governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
Otuaro and Tompolo are both Ijaws as well.
Bar. Otuaro was instrumental in sealing a 10-year-deal between Global West Vessel Specialist Limited (GWVSL) and the Nigerian Maritime and Security Agency (NIMASA). The deal was said to be worth $103.4 million (N39.64billion).