An operative of the Nigerian Navy, Usman Shaibu, has been arrested by the police in Delta State for allegedly stealing multi-billion naira properties belonging to a former Niger Delta militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.
Shaibu was arrested alongside two other suspects identified as Okugbe Lucky and Chime Chukwuka while allegedly moving some properties from Tompolo’s jetty near the Chevron Clinic in Edjeba community in the Warri South Local Government Area of the state.
The three suspects were arrested on Sunday by a police team led by the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of ‘A’ Division Warri, Mr Kelvin Zuokumor, following a tip-off from members of the public over alleged illegal movement of items from the yard.
Sources say that the stealing from the yard had been on until Sunday evening when the suspects were caught.
One of the sources disclosed that Tompolo had earlier written to the Presidency over the development but no action had been taken.
Tompolo, in his open letter to President Buhari on July 22, 2016 lamented the sale of his properties by security agencies meant to guard the property pending the end of a legal battle with the Federal Government.
The state Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, confirmed the arrest of the naval personnel and two others over the theft of the property on the telephone.
“He (Shaibu) took a pay loader to the premises to steal the property. He has confessed to the crime. He was the one that organised everything which he also admitted. He is currently in police custody. He was found with the vehicle and everything. It is a complete crime”, CP Mustafa added.