Tompolo EFCC declares ex-militant wanted over N34bn fraud

The development is coming following following two bench warrants issued against Tompolo by a Federal High Court in Lagos, over an alleged fraud of N45.9billion.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, wanted.

The development is coming after two bench warrants had been issued against Tompolo by a Federal High Court in Lagos, over an alleged fraud of N45.9billion.

In an advertorial signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, on Thursday, February 11, the Commission described him as  47-year-old, dark-complexioned man from Okerenkoko, Gbaramotu Kingdom in the Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

According to the public announcement, Tompolo's residential address was given as No. 1, Chief Agbanu Street, DDPA Extension, Warri, Delta State, is said to speak both Izon and English languages.

“The general public is hereby notified that Government Ekpemupolo (a.k.a. Tompolo), whose photograph appears above, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in relation to the offence of conspiracy, illegal diversion of the sum of N34,000,000,000.00 and N11,900,000,000.00 belonging to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency”, the public notice read in part.

READ: Court issues bench warrant for ex-militant leader’s arrest

On January 14, 2016, Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos had issued a bench warrant against Tompolo following his failure to honour a summon dated January 12, asking him to appear in court in connection with the fraud charges filed against him and nine others by the EFCC.

The judge had then mandated security agencies to produce Tompolo before him on February 8, but upon appearing in court, he came with an application seeking to invalidate the bench warrant and arrest order.

Justice however dismissed the application for lacking in merit, renewed the arrest warrant and ordered all law enforcement agencies to produce Tompolo before him on February 19.

Tompolo and nine others were charged for  diverting and converting N34billion and N11.9billion belonging to Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

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