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EFCC slams fresh N22billion 419 & money laundering charges on Tompolo
Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo),

EFCC slams fresh N22billion 419 & money laundering charges on Tompolo

By Harold Udoka

These are not the best of times for former Niger Militant, High Chief Government Oweize Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo). Just a week after Justice Ibrahim Buba had issued a bench warrant and ordered for his arrest due to failure to make a court appearance, the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has slammed as a fresh criminal  N22,765,900,000 charges for alleged money laundering and fraud.

The new 22-count charge, filed last Friday at the Federal High Court in Lagos also has a charge for alleged Advance Fee Fraud and it involved Tompolo and 22 others according to the documents.

Tompolo is expected to face trial along with former NIMASA boss, Patrick Akpobolokemi, whose four brothers – Victor, Nobert, Emmanuel and Clement – said to be at large, allegedly aided the suspects to commit the fraud.

The other suspects are  Kime Engozu, Josephine Otuaga, Rita Uruakpa and Pondi Kestin as well as seven companies – Mieka Dive Training Institute Ltd/GTE, Oyeinteke Global Network Ltd, Wabod Global Resources Ltd, Boloboere Properties Estate Ltd, Gokaid Marine Oil and Gas Ltd, Muhaabix Global Services Ltd and Watershed Associated Resources.

They were accused of  converting various sums running into over N22.7bn allegedly stolen from NIMASA to their personal use between December 12, 2014 and April 10, 2015. They were also accused of defrauding the Federal Government by making representations, which they knew to be false.

EFCC said the alleged offences contravened Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3)of the same Act.

The suspects also allegedly violated various sections of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012, including its sections 15(3) and 18(a) and are liable to punishment under Section 15(3) of the same Act, the commission said.

They were said to be liable to punishment under Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

In count two, the EFCC alleged that the suspects “between the 2nd day of December, 2014 and 10th April,2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court, with intent to defraud, induced the Federal Government to deliver to you, the aggregate sum of N11, 900,000,000.00 by falsely pretending to the Federal Government that all that land and its appurtenances lying, being and situate at Mieka Dive Training Institute, Kurutie, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, to be acquired by NIMASA for the temporary Campus of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Warri South-West Local Government Area, is free from any encumbrances, which representation you knew to be false, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section (1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3)of the same Act.”

 

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