The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun the process of seizing all known assets of ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo a.k.a Tompolo.
This follows the refusal of Tompolo to appear in court to answer to the fraud charges preferred against him and others by the anti-graft agency.
The agency has already filed an application before Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking an order to confiscate all known assets of Tompolo.
The ex-parte application, which was brought pursuant to Section 80 and 81 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, was filed by EFCC’s lawyer, Festus Keyamo.
In the application, the EFCC is seeking for an order authorizing the Commission to seize the properties belonging to Tompolo pending his arrest and/or appearance before the court.
The properties listed by the commission include: “Property at No. 1, Chief 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.
Also listed are : Tompolo House at Oporaza Town, opposite the Palace; Tompolo Yard, at the end of Chevron Clinic Road, Warri and Tompolo Dockyard
The EFCC’s application would be held on Friday.
The EFCC had earlier filed a 40-count criminal charge of unlawful conversion against Tompolo and a former boss of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi.