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Ex-militant leader wants Judge to withdraw from N45.9bn fraud case

Tompolo, through his counsel, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, filed an appellant’s brief of argument before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, asking for Justice Buba's withdrawal.

 
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Punch reports that Tompolo, through his counsel, Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, filed an appellant’s brief of argument before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, to that effect.

Speaking to newsmen on the matter, Adegboruwa said “In further demonstration of his commitment to the rule of law and due process, Tompolo filed his appellant’s brief of argument, through the law firms of Tayo Oyetibo, SAN and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, Esq., on Friday, March 11, 2016, thus activating the judicial process for the prompt and effective determination of the said appeal.

“The consequence of this in law is that Tompolo’s case is now before the Court of Appeal, with the concomitant effect that the Federal High Court will willingly cede jurisdiction over Tompolo’s case, to the Court of Appeal, since the appeal has now been entered in the Court of Appeal.”

Adding that “Tompolo is thus asking the Court of Appeal to set aside the warrant for his arrest and vacate all subsequent proceedings emanating from the flawed process of the criminal charge.

“He is further seeking that the charge against him should be transferred from the current judge, to another judge of the Federal High Court.”

You will recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), filed a 40 count charge against  Tompolo and the ex- Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) boss, Patrick Akpobolokemi.

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