A Lagos Federal High Court, yesterday, ordered a former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo (a.k.a. Tompolo) to appear in court today, over alleged multi-billion naira fraud involving land contracts for the construction of a Nigerian Maritime University, NMU.
The court presided over by Justice Ibrahim Buba, gave the order following a Motion-Exparte filed by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.
Others to appear before the court along with Tompolo are former Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi, Global West Vessel Specialist Limited; Odimiri Electrical Limited and Kime Engozu; Boloboere Property and Estate Limited; Rex Elem, Destre Consult Limited, Gregory Mbonu and Captain Warredi Enisuoh respectively.
Tompolo was invited for questioning by the EFCC but had refused to honour their invitation claiming he was in court against the anti-graft body.
EFCC had in the Motion Exparte asked the court to compel Tompolo to appear in court having been alleged to have committed the offence in the charge.
The court also granted the request of EFCC to serve Tompolo through substituted means by pasting the court summon in a conspicuous part of his home located at No 1 Chief Agbanu DDPA Extension, Warri Delta State.
Tompolo has been taken to court on a 40-count criminal charge of unlawful conversion alongside former NIMASA boss, Akpobolokemi.
Tompolo is wanted in connection with investigations into massive fraud involving land contracts for the construction of a Nigerian Maritime University, NMU.
EFCC had frozen some of Tompolo’s bank accounts and those of two companies linked to him named Mieka Divers Ltd and Global West Vessel Specialists Nigeria Ltd.
The EFCC said it wishes to question Tompolo about the illicit sale of N13 billion in land from him to the federal government.
Tompolo is reportedly hiding in the Niger Delta creeks; he has rejected all allegations that the land deal was fraudulent, asking the EFCC to contact former President Goodluck Jonathan for clarification.
Meanwhile, EFCC has filed in a counter affidavit against application for bail revealing why former NIMASA boss, Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi should not be granted bail rather the court should order for accelerated trial of cases against the accused former NIMASA boss.

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