By Innocent Anaba
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, brought an ex-parte application before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos seeking for an order to seize all property belonging to former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo), pending his arrest and arraignment before the court.
The embattled former militant leader was recently declared wanted by EFCC, following his failure to appear in court to face trial on the charge preferred against him.
Tompolo and the former Director of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi and eight others were accused by EFCC of converting the money belonging to the agency to personal use.
Tompolo is yet to appear in court, but had last week, through his counsel, prayed the court to vacate the bench warrant issued for his arrest.
The judge handling the case, Justice Ibrahim Buba, had on January 12, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Tompolo. It renewed the order on February 8, though counsel to Tompolo said they had been unable to get a copy of the ruling to allow them appeal against same.
In the ex-parte application by Festus Keyamo, the EFCC is seeking for an order pursuant to Section 80 and 81 of the Administration and Criminal justice Act, 2015, to seize all property belonging to the former Niger Delta militant leader.
The property are listed as Property at No. 1 Agbamu Close, DDPA Extension Effurun, Warri, Delta State, all property 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 property of Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, all property 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 in Kurutie, at Escravos River and the property known as “Tompolo House” at Oporoza Town, opposite the palace.