There are more hurdles for Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo to cross before he can talk of freedom.
This is even as Economic and Francial Crime Commissipn (EFCC) on Friday filed fresh charges against the former Niger Delta militant warlord who has shunned all emtreaties to appear in court and defend himself against fraud related charges.
Thursday EFCC formally declared Tompolo wanted as published in some national dailies indicted.
Tompolo is being sought for alleged lllegal diversion of 11.9 billion naira ($60 million) belonging to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
He has previously been charged with laundering $175 million but has refused to appear in court.
Last week Judge Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos issued a fresh warrant of arrest for refusing to appear in court.
The same couple of weeks ago had issued a warrant of arrest against him, being an order sought by EFCC to get the accused person to face justice.
Tompolo, who is facing 40-count charge, is being tried alongside the ex-Director General of NiMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, in connection with the alleged diversion of a sum of N45.9 billion in the execution of contracts.
Despite appearing in court, he has refused to appear but sent a lawyer last week, asking the court to quash the warrant of arrest, which the court declined.
His supporters are believed to be behind several attacks on oil pipelines in recent months, prompting fears of fresh unrest in the volatile region if he was arrested.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has said that his men are on the trail of the former Niger Delta militant leader.
“We are looking for Tompolo and my men are on his trail. We will arrest him anywhere we sight him”, Arase said while on tour of the Ekiti Command , Friday.