Court Gives EFCC Power to Seize Tompolo’s Properties

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Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, today February 19, 2016granted the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to seize all properties of former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) who has been declared wanted by the Commission following his refusal to heed court summons to answer to fraud charges.

At the resuming hearing today, prosecuting counsel, Festus Keyamo informed the court of the warrant of arrest issued in respect of Tompolo. He said despite the warrant of arrest and efforts of security agencies, the suspect has not been found.

Keyamo then brought an ex-parte motion to authorise the EFCC to attach and seize property belonging to Government Ekpemupolo pending his arrest or appearance before the court.

The properties are: No. 1 Chief Agbamu Close, DDPA Extension, Effurun, Delta State; Mieka Dive Limited and Mieka Dive Training Institute Limited situated at No. 77, Lioth Street, ODPA Ugborikoko, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State; Muhaabix Global Services Limited; a River Crew Change Boat named MUHA -15; the property known as “Tompolo Dockyard”, by the end of Enerhen Road, Effurun; the property known as “Tompolo Yard”, at the end of Chevron Clinic Road, next to Next Oil, Edjeba, Warri; the Diving School at Kurutie, at Escravos River; the property know as “Tompolo House” at Oporaza Town , opposite the Palace and any other moveable and immoveable property discovered by the EFCC, belonging to the 1st accused person.
Keyamo asked the court to separate the charge so that the matter can proceed as the 1st accused person has remained elusive.

Tompolo was billed to be arraigned by the EFCC alongside a former director general of the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi and eight others, on a 40-count charge for alleged conspiracy and diversion of over N34,000,000,000 (Thirty Four Billion Naira only), belonging to NIMASA. While Akpobolokemi and others appeared in court, Tompolo failed to do so, forcing the court to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Justice Buba granted the request of the prosecution to separate the charge and fixed a date for the arraignment of the nine other suspects.

Wilson Uwujaren
Head, Media & Publicity