Lagos - A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday authorised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seize some assets belonging to a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.
The presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba ordered the anti-graft agency to take possession of the concerned assets pending when Tompolo will make himself available to answer charges of N45.9bn fraud preferred against him and nine others.
The judge said if Tompolo failed to appear within three months of the order, the Federal Government may proceed to auction the assets and other properties.
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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 on Wednesday 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.
- News 24