....Police have no arrest warrant on Aluko
The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, on Friday declared that the wanted Niger Delta militant leader, Mr Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, would be arrested.
A Lagos Federal High Court had issued bench warrant against Tompolo over his refusal to make himself available in court on allegation of diversion of public funds slammed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The ex-militant who is facing a 40-count charge, is being tried alongside the ex-Director General of Nigeria Maritime Safety Agency, Mr Patrick Akpobolokemi, in connection with the alleged diversion of a sum of N45.9 billion in the execution of contracts.
Fielding questions from reporters during a tour of the Ekiti Command on Friday, the IGP said, “we are looking for Tompolo and my men are on his trail. We will arrest him anywhere we sight him,” he said.
On the issue of the warrant of arrest issued against the embattled secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, Dr Tope Aluko, the IGP said that the police have not been served with any arrest warrant.
He said that the Force does not want to get involved in politics adding that if and when such warrant comes, the police would get necessary legal advice.
Arase warned against extra-judicial killings, saying these have made the police to incur more litigations and consequently starved them of funds.
On the welfare of his men, the IGP added that his administration will provide housing units in all the 36 commands and Abuja , for every rank and file to take ownership of a two-bedroom flat before retirement, while scholarship will be offered to officers to get degree certificates.
“I‘m complaining that I have no money to send you for training, why must we now incur more litigations? Because, when I am sued, the Police’s accounts will be garnisheed.
“Nigerians are more intelligent now. If you infringed on their right, they will go to court and unfortunately the IG will be the person to be sued even while he is not there.
“We must learn how to respect the fundamental rights of the citizens. The reason why we normally punish you during extra-judicial offence has been that as trained officers, who carry arms, you owe the responsibility to protect lives and property and that was why you were trained”, he said.