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Delta State Government has refuted reports indicating that the former Niger Delta warlord, Chief Government Ekpemukpolo, aka Tompolo, was taking asylum in Delta Government House with the intention of evading the arrest of the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In a telephone conversation with journalists in Asaba, the state capital, Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Charles Aniagwu, said the report currently going viral that Tompolo was taking asylum in Delta Government House was false and should be jettisoned by all right thinking citizens of Nigeria.
Aniagwu said “why should they look for Tompolo in Government House, Tompolo is not here. EFCC is not here. We are doing our work here. Nobody is harassing us, so we should ignore all such reports because Tompolo is not hiding here in Government House”.
A section of the media had reported that the wanted repentant warlord was hiding in the state government house and that the state Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, was aware of Tompolo’s presence in the Government House but he had turned a blind eye to it.
The report also alleged that officials of the EFCC had arrived Asaba in search of Tompolo in the state government house.
Tompolo, leader of the former warlords in Delta had insisted that he had done nothing warranting his appearance at the EFCC, saying his invitation was due to his unwillingness to join the All Progressive Congress (APC).