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Court Orders EFCC To Confiscate Tompolo’s Asset

TompoloA federal high court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has ordered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) to seize all the assets belonging to Government Ekpemupolo also known as Tomopolo.

EFCC had filed a motion before the court , seeking to freeze all Tompolo’s asset except all properties of Global WestVessel Specialist Ltd over diversion and conversion of N46 billion belonging to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

The judge , Ibrahim Buba gave the order after Tomploo failed to honour several invitations from the court.

Counsel to EFCC, Festus Keyamo told the court that the efforts of all security agencies to arrest Tompolo had yielded no result, as they were yet to get hold of the first accused person. “The accused person Tompolo failed to appear again and we brought and application for the seizure of all his properties as provided for by law,” he said.

“If an accused person continues to abscond from court and conceals himself from court after a warrant of arrest has been issued, he should be auctioned by the federal government. That’s what we have done and the court granted our prayers to seize his properties.

“We are going to separate the charge; we are going to keep his own until we get him or until we have auctioned his properties. We are just going to separate them so that he will stand alone from the other accused persons, because he is delaying the trial of the other accused persons.”

The case was adjourned till February 23, 2016

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