TOMPOLO

  • EFCC gets court order to seize properties
  • Iyaw Youth flays government action
TOMPOLO
TOMPOLO

Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, and other
security agencies have intensified
the manhunt for Government
Ekpemupolo (Tompolo) after
securing the order of a Federal High
Court in Lagos to seize multi-million
properties of the former Niger Delta
militant leader.
The court ordered the forfeiture
of Tompolo’s properties following
his repeated refusal to appear
before the court over allegation of
money laundering and stealing of
about N34 billion belonging to the
Nigerian Maritime Administration
and Safety Agency, NIMASA.
However, the Iyaw Youths
Council, IYC, has flayed the Federal
Government’s desperation to arrest
and detain Tompolo describing it
as highhandedness. The council
in a statement after its meeting
yesterday feared that the renewed
vim to vigour to persecute Tompolo
could lead to militants regrouping
in the creeks.
Comrade Eric Omare, Spokesman
of the IYC in a statement issued
in Yenagoa said that, the federal
government should pursue a policy
of closer engagement with Niger Delta people.
In yesterday’s court order,
properties to be forfeited, according
to the court, includes a River Crew
Change Boat named MUHA – 15,
the property known as “Tompolo
Dockyard”, by the end of Enerhen
Road, Effurun, Warri: another
property known as “Tompolo Yard”,
at the end of Chevron Clinic Road,
next to Next Oil, Edjeba, Warri.
Others are, the diving school
at Kurutie, at Escravos River, the
property known as “Tompolo
House” at Oporaza Town, opposite
the palace and any other property
discovered by the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission,
moveable and immoveable,
belonging to Tompolo.
Justice Buba had on January 14,
issued a bench warrant against
Tompolo and ordered his arrest for
failing to honour a court summons
dated January 12, 2015, in respect
of a 40-count of alleged N34 billion
fraud levelled against him and nine
others by the EFCC.
Those charged alongside
Tompolo before the court are: the
immediate past Director General
of NIMASA, Dr. Patrick Zidiake
Akpobolokemi; Global West Vessel,
Odimiri Electrical Limited, Kime
Engozu. Boloboere Limited, Rex
Elem, Destre Limited, Gregory
Mbonu and Captain Warrendi
Enisuoh.
The suspects were alleged to have
diverted N34 billion, which accrued
from the public private partnership
agreement between NIMASA
and Global West Vessel Specialist
Limited for personal use.
At the resumed hearing of the
matter yesterday, EFCC lawyer,
Festus Keyamo told the court that
the warrant of arrest issued by the
court has not been executed despite
the “best efforts” of all the security
agencies in the country.
He stated that all the nation’s
security agencies were involved
in the search of Tompolo, but his
whereabouts are not known yet.
Consequently, he sought the leave
of court to amend the charge by
removing the name of Government
Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo from
the charge, so that the trial of other
accused persons could commence.
Keyamo also drew the attention
of the court to a Motion Exparte
dated February 18, 2016, praying the
court for an order authorising EFCC
to seize properties belonging to the
former militant leader, Government
Ekpemupolo.
But, virtually all the defence
counsels opposed the Motion
Exparte on the grounds that they
were not served with copies of the
motion.
Dr. Joseph Nwobike SAN, lawyer
to Akpolobokemi, Mr. Wale Akoni,
SAN, who is lawyer to seventh
and eighth accused persons, and
lawyers to other accused persons,
argued that it is necessary for them
to have copies of the motion exparte
in the interest of justice and fairness.
However, Justice Buba while
ruling on the Motion Exparte said
they did not needs not to be served
of the motion exparte, adding that
the motion is specifically directed
to the first accused (Tompolo) who
was neither in court nor represented
by a lawyer.
Moving the motion brought
pursuant to Sections 80 and 81 of
the Administration of Criminal
Justice Act 2015, Keyamo urged
the court to order the forfeiture of
properties belonging to Tompolo
pending the time he would appear
in court.
He stated after three months, the
court could order the properties to
be auctioned if he (Tompolo) does
not make himself available in court.
In his ruling, Justice Buba held
that the Administration of Criminal
Justice Act 2015 empowers the
court to seize properties of an
accused who refused to face trial.
The court recalled that even
though Tompolo refused to appear
in court he briefed his lawyers and
through them sought to vacate the
order of his arrest.
Consequently, he ordered
forfeiture of properties belonging
to Tompolo pending the time he
chooses to appear in court.
The following assets belonging
to Tompolo were attached and to
be forfeited; Property at No. 1 Chief
Agbamu Close DDPA Extension
Warri (Effurun), Delta State among
others.
Justice Buba however refused
to attach all the limited liability
companies listed by the EFCC until
their proof of ownership is revealed
to the court.
The stated that Tompolo was
charged before the court to answer
to charges levelled against him
when he persistently refused
and failed to honour the several
invitations extended to him.
He added that the court had on
January 12, 2016 issued warrant
of arrest against Tompolo; he has
absconded and concealed himself
from all security forces in the
country to frustrate the execution
of the warrant of Arrest.
The matter has been adjourned
till March 22 for hearing


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  • vic

    THE COUNCIL OF LIKE- MINDED CORRUPT CRIMINALS GANGING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE CHIEF FINANCIAL ROBBER, TOMPOLO.

    MR BUHARI LOCK UP ALL THE RING LEADERS FROM THE SO-CALLED IYC THUGGERY COUNCIL ALSO WHO ARE THE BENEFICIARY OF THIS LOOTER.

    THIS COWARD RUN-AWAY THIEF TOMPOLO IS NOT ONLY A LOOTER BUT ALSO A TRAITOR AND SHOULD FACE THE PERSONAL FIRING SQUAD OF BUHARI.

    THERE IS NO PLACE FOR LOOTERS IN NIGERIA NOW AND WE FULLY SUPPORT BUHARI ON THIS ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY. ALL THESE THIEVES AND TREASURY LOOTERS IN ONE FORM OR THE OTHER MUST BE ROUNDED -UP AND PUNISHED. WE ARE ALSO ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR BUHARI TO DO THE SAME FROM APC STARTING WITH THE THIEF AND A LOOTER AMAECHI, EL RUFAI, THE DOLAR MEN MONEY BAGS ATIKU AND TINUBU ETC ETC.

    BUHARI AND HIS TOURING MINISTERS SHOULD ALSO RETURN ESTA CODE DOLLARS BACK TO THE CBN, BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALL THEIR TRAVELING EXPENSES AND HOTEL BILLS ALREADY PAID FROM THE NIGERIAN TREASURY. THIS WILL GIVE LESS INCENTIVE TO BUHARI AND HIS TOURING MINISTERS TRAVELING USELESSLY AROUND THE WORLD SQUANDERING OUR SCARCE DOLLARS AND POUNDS.