N13bn Fraud: EFCC To Arraign Tompolo, Akpolokemi Thursday

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered an ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, to unconditionally appear before it on Thursday to answer 40 counts of alleged N13bn fraud levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Tompolo had been charged on Tuesday with an amended 40 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering alongside an ex-Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi.
Justice Ibrahim Buba granted the order to compel Tompolo’s appearance in chambers on Tuesday shortly after the amended charges were filed in court.
The judge, in a copy of the order sighted by our correspondent, held, “That an order is granted to the applicant (EFCC) issuing a summons to compel the appearance of Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) before this honourable court having been alleged to have committed the offences as contained in the body of the charge.
“That leave is granted to the applicant to serve the summons and charge No. FHC/L/553c/2015 on Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tomplolo) by substituted means to wit: affixing same on the conspicuous part of his known address situate at No 1 Chief Agbanu DDPA Extension, Warri, Delta State.”
Charged alongside Tompolo and Akpobolokemi are one Kime Engozu, Rex Elem, Gregory Mbonu and Capt Warredi Enisuoh.
Among the accused are also four companies – Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd., Odimiri Electrical Ltd., Boloboere Property and Estate Ltd., and Destre Consult Ltd.
The EFCC accused the defendants of conspiracy and fraudulent conversion of NIMASA’s property to their own contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012.
The prosecution said the accused were liable to punishment under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.

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