Ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, better known as Tompolo, has been ordered by a Federal High Court in Lagos to appear before it by Thursday, January 14, or be arrested.
Tompolo was dragged to the court over allegations of fraudulent land contracts for the construction of Nigerian Maritime University.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had invited the ex-militant over the issue, but he declined the invitation prompting the anti-graft agency to tinker with declaring him wanted.
Tompolo, a former commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has accused the agency of witch-hunt, alleging that the federal government was after him for refusing to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, spokesperson of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said the commission would use lawful means to bring Tompolo to justice.
“The commission will take all lawful measures to ensure that he answers the invitation,” he assured.
The court document read; “An order issuing a summons to compel the appearance of GOVERNMENT EKPEMUPOLO (A.K.A. TOMPOLO) before this honuorable court having being alleged to have committed the offences as contained in the body of the charge,” the document read.
“An order of this honourable court granting leave to serve the summons and Charge NO: FHC/L/553C/2015 on the defendant.
“An order granting leave to the applicant to serve the summons and charge No: FHC/L/553C/2015 on GOVERNMENT EKPEMUPOLO (A.K.A. TOMPOLO) by substituted means to wit: By affixing same on the conspicuous part of his known address situated at No. 1 Chief Agbanu DDPA Extention Warri Delta State.
“And for such further order and other orders as the Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances. “That the case is adjourned to 14/1/2016.”