Court Orders Seizure of Tompolo’s Properties After Search For Ex-militant Fails

Court Orders Seizure of Tompolo’s Properties After Search For Ex-militant Fails

By PR Nigeria on February 19, 2016
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Ita Ekpeyong, Lawal Daura, Yemi Osinbajo, EFCC
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Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, today February 19, 2016 granted 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
19th February, 2016

5 COMMENTS

  1. Even the properties of late Abacha who stole Nigeria blind were not seized– This is a clear indication that the Fulanis, Yorubas and their new Itsekiri surrogates just yearns to destroy the foundation of Tompolo——-simply because he is Ijaw—-period–But he will outlive Buhari and his satanic acts

  2. THIS NEW APC GOVERNMENT WANT TO PUT NIGERIA INTO FLAMES,THEIR MISSION IS TO DISTABLISE NIJA.YARDUA CAME AND MADE PEACE WITH THE MILITANTS AND PEACE RETURNED TO THE NIGERDELTA.JONATHAN MADE PEACE AND FOUGHT BKH TO A HULT,NOW APC THINK THEY CAN USE BRUTE FORCE,SIMPLY BC TOMPOLO REFUSE TO JOIN APC THEY ARE OUT TO PROBE HIM ON REAL LAND DEALS HE DID GENIUNELY WITH A LEGITIMATE FED GOVT.NWOBODO WAS ACCUSED OF 600M HE ENTAD APC D MATA ENDED N MANY.AMAECHI AND MANY WERE BEING FINGAD OF LOOTING THEIR STATES TO FUND BUHARIS ELECTION YET THEY WERE MADE MINISTERS,TINUBU WAS INDICTED FOR LOOTING AND IS STILL LOOTING LAGOS,ELRUFAI LOOTED NITEL AND FCT YET HE IS UNTOCHABLE.APC IS LOOKING FOR TROUBLE,WHEN THE MILITANTS WILL REAWAKEN AGAIN THEIR STAYING IN POWER MAY BE OVER BECAUSE THEY CANT WITHSTAND THE PRESSURE.NIGERIANS ARMY IS NOT MARCH TO THE MILITANTS WHO HAS BEEN TRAINING AND FIGHTING FOR2OYRS.MILITANTS HAVE INVESTED BILLIONS IN BUYING SOPHISTICATED WEAPONS SECRETLY EVEN WAR SHIPS AST WAS TOLD,THEY OWE D CREEKS

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