Lagos - A former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has urged the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal to order Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos to withdraw from the fraud charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The EFCC charged Tompolo and nine others with an alleged fraud of N45.9bn before Justice Buba.
One of his counsels, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, said in a statement on Tuesday that his client had since last Friday filed his appellant’s brief of argument before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal.
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The implication of this, according to Adegboruwa, is that Justice Buba is expected to cease action on Tompolo’s case in deference to the appellate court.
Since the 40 counts were filed by the EFCC against Tompolo and his co-suspects early January, efforts to arraign them had proved abortive as Tompolo had repeatedly shunned the summons issued on him to appear in court.
On two occasions Justice Buba issued a bench warrant against Tompolo and ordered his arrest.
The EFCC had subsequently declared him wanted through a newspaper advertorial and obtained an order to confiscate his assets pending when he will show up and submit himself to the court.
- News 24