Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a. Tompolo, has refused to honor the order of a Federal High Court in Lagos to summoning him to unconditionally appear it today, in relation to a 40-count of alleged N13bn fraud instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The order, which was granted as Charge No: FHC/L/553c/2015, also included ex-NIMASA Director-General, Mr. Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi, Tompolo’s company, Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, Odimixi Electricals Limited, Kime Engozu, Boloboere Property and Estate Limited, Rex Elem, Destre Consult Limited, Gregory Mbonu and Captain Warredi Enisuoh as co-accused.
The co-accused were present but Government Ekpemupolo was the only one absent.
The 40-count charge include the conversion of N601, 516.13 and $1, 766, 428.62, property of NIMASA, into private concerns; conversion of NIMASA’s N27,690,113.79 and $17, 491, 378.64, as well as another N27, 690,113.79 and $17, 491, 378.64, belonging to the agency to personal use, an offence contrary to section 15 (1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.
Government Ekpemupolo was ordered to appear on December 17, 2015 for questioning in respect of the N13 billion land acquisition controversy for Nigerian Maritime University, NMU in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State.
The EFCC had threatened to declare him wanted if he failed to appear before the Court.