A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday granted the request of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to seize properties belonging to former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo.
The anti-graft agency had on Thursday filed an ex-parte motion through Festus Keyamo for the seizure of the said properties belonging to the former militant leader.
Justice Ibrahim Buba while ruling on the motion authorized the EFCC to take over the properties pending when Tompolo will make himself available to answer the charges preferred against him and nine others including the former Director General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi.
The judge added that if Tompolo failed to appear within three months of the order, the Federal Government may proceed to auction the said properties.
The concerned properties include the following: Property at N0. 1 Agbamu Close DDPA Extension Warri (Effurun), Delta State,All properties of Mieka Dive Ltd and Mieka Dive Training Institute Ltd situated at No. 77, Lioth Street, ODPA Ugborikoko, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State, All properties of Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, All properties of Muhaabix Global Services Ltd and A River Crew Change Boat named MUHA – 15
Other are: The property known as “Tompolo Dockyard”, by the end of Enerhen Road, Effurun, Warri, the property known as “Tompolo Yard”, at the end of Chevron Clinic Road, next to Next Oil, Edjeba, Warri, the Diving School at Kurutie, at Escravos River and the property known as “Tompolo House” at Oporaza Town, opposite the Palace.
But Justice Buba however declined to authorize the seizure of Tompolo’s four companies.
Early while moving application for the seizure of the properties, EFCC lawyer, Keyamo said it will be in the interest of justice.
“What is unfolding before our very eyes is something that has never been seen in this country for a very long time, where a citizen disparages the order of the court, briefs lawyers to appear for him but refuses to appear, keeps making disparaging statements against the judiciary,” he added.
But Tompolo was not represented in court when the motion was granted.
EFCC had slammed a 40 count charge against Tompolo and nine other people including Akpobolokemi.
From: Daily trust