Thursday ordered for the arrest of the ex- Niger-Delta militant leader, Mr
Government Ekpemupolo, also popularly known as Tompolo.
Justice Ibrahim Buba ordered the arrest when the ex-militant leader failed to
appear before the court in the case brought by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC).
before it to answer questions on the allegation of converting millions of dollars,
naira and property belonging to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency ( NIMASA) for his personal use.
following a motion to that effect by the EFCC.
affected by the order were the former NIMASA Director-General, Mr Patrick
Ziakede Akpobolokemi, Global West Vessel Specialist Limited (owned by Tompolo),
Odimixi Electricals Limited, Kime Engozu, Boloboere Property and Estate
Limited, Rex Elem, Destre Consult Limited, Gregory Mbonu and Captain Warredi
were alleged conversion of N601, 516.13 and $1, 766, 428.62, property of
NIMASA, into private concerns; conversion of NIMASA’s N27,690,113.79 and $17,
491, 378.64, including N27, 690,113.79 and $17, 491, 378.64, owned by NIMASA
for personal use.
against section 15 (1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act
2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.
re-arrest of Akpobolokemi after the release granted to him by the Court was
because of the fresh N34bn fraud allegation.
in the case were represented.
prosecutor told the court that the failure of Tompolo to appear in court was a
clear disobedience to the court order, explaining that he had been fully served
ignored EFCC’s invitation to make a statement on the allegation against him.
issue a warrant of his arrest for failing to obey the order of court.
Dr Joseph Nwobike, SAN, who spoke on the issue told the court to consider
giving Tompolo more time to come to Lagos since he was in served in Warri just
ordered his arrest, arguing that this should be so since he had been issued
with court summon.