Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday authorised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to seize some assets belonging to a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo.
Justice Ibrahim Buba authorised the EFCC to take possession Tompolo’s assets pending when he will make himself available to answer the charges of N45.9bn fraud preferred against him and nine others.
The judge stated that if Tompolo failed to appear within three months of the order, the Federal Government may proceed to auction the said assets.
Some assets of Tompolo which are to be seized include;
(1)his house located at No. 1, Chief Agbamu Close DDPA Extension Warri (Effurun), Delta State.
(2)River Crew Change Boat named MUHA -15; “Tompolo Dockyard,” “Tompolo Yard,”
(3)Diving School at Kurutie, at Escravos River
(4)“Tompolo House” at Oporaza Town, opposite the Palace.
The judge also said the EFCC may also seize any other assets it later discover and verify to indeed belong to Tompolo.
The judge, however, declined to authorise the EFCC to seize four companies, which the EFCC had listed in its application as parts of Tompolo’s assets, saying one person does not own a company.
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