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efccThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Friday, filed a fresh 22-count charge against an ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekemupolo, also known as Tompolo, and 12 others, before a Lagos Federal High Court.
The fresh charges border on stealing, advanced fee fraud and money laundering to the tune of N22, 765, 900, 000.
The new charges were filed eight days after Justice Ibrahim Buba led-court ordered the arrest of Tompolo for his failure to appear on January 14, 2016 to take his plea on a separate 40-count charge of alleged N34billion fraud earlier filed against him and 9 others by the EFCC.
Those to be arraigned alongside Tompolo in the fresh 22 counts is a former Director-General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, whose four brothers; Victor, Nobert, Emmanuel and Clement; still at large, were said to have aided the suspects to commit the fraud.
The other suspects are Kime Engozu, Josephine Otuaga, Rita Uruakpa and Pondi Kestin.
Also joined as co-accused in the charges are seven companies – Mieka Dive Training Institute Ltd/GTE, Oyeinteke Global Network Ltd, Wabod Global Resources Ltd, Boloboere Properties Estate Ltd, Gokaid Marine Oil and Gas Ltd, Muhaabix Global Services Ltd and Watershed Associated Resources.
The suspects were alleged to have fraudulently converted various sums running into over N22.7billion stolen from NIMASA to their personal use between December 12, 2014 and April 10, 2015.
They were also accused of defrauding the Federal Government by making false representations, which they knew to be untrue, in order to obtain the said money from the government.
The offences are said to be contrary to Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3)of the same Act.
The charge signed by EFCC lawyer, Festus Keyamo also indicated that the suspects violated various sections of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012, including its sections 15(3) and 18(a) and were liable to punishment under Section 15(3) of the same Act.
The suspects were also said to be liable to punishment under Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
In count two of the new charge, EFCC alleged that the suspects “between the 2nd day of December, 2014 and 10th April, 2015, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court, with intent to defraud, induced the Federal Government of Nigeria to deliver to you, the aggregate sum of N11, 900,000,000.00 by falsely pretending to the Federal Government of Nigeria that all that land and its appurtenances lying, being and situate at Mieka Dive Training Institute, Kurutie, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, to be acquired by NIMASA for the temporary Campus of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Warri South-West Local Government Area, is free from any encumbrances, which representation you knew to be false, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section (1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3)of the same Act.”

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