The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered Chief Government Oweize Ekpemopolo a.k.a Tompolo to appear before it to face criminal charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
While Tompolo failed to appear, the EFCC, will on Thursday arraign Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) and nine others before a Federal High Court, Lagos on a 40-count charge of alleged money laundering , conspiracy, stealing and diversion of funds. Other accused persons in the charge sheet, numbered FHC/L/553c/2015, are – a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Patrick Akpobolokemi; Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, Odimiri Electricals Limited, Kemi Engozu, Boloboere Property and Estate Limited, Rex Elem and Destre Consult Limited.
Justice Ibrahim Buba issued the summons on Tompolo following a January 12 motion ex-parte moved by EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo.
“An order is granted to the applicant issuing a summons to compel the appearance of Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) before this honourable court having been alleged to have committed the offences as contained in the body of the charge.”
The judge also granted EFCC leave to serve the summons and the charge on Tompolo by affixing them on a conspicuous part of his address at 1, Chief Agbanu DDPA Extension, Warri, Delta State.