EFCC files Criminal charges against Tompolo after shunning invitation

A 40-count criminal charge of unlawful conversion has been filed against a former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo), and a former boss of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday, filed the charges at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
According to the anti-graft agency, Tompolo and Akpobolokemi converted the sums of $108.7m and N2.1billion, which belonged to NIMASA.
Tompolo has twice failed to honour the invitation of the EFCC for questioning, in spite of the agency’s threat of declaring him wanted.
Charged along with them are three others as well as five limited liability companies.
They are; Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, Odimiri Electricals Limited, Kime Engozu, Boloboere Property and Estate Ltd, Rex Elem, Destre Consult Ltd, Gregory Mbonu, and Captain Warredi Enisuoh.
The suit, FHC/L/5539C/15, was filed on behalf of the EFCC by its prosecutor, Festus Keyamo.
The agency alleges in 16 counts, that Ekpemupolo, Akpobolokemi, Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, Odimiri Electrical Ltd, Boloboere Property Estate, Kime Engozu, and Simon John Adomene, between 2012 and 2014, colluded to commit the crime, despite being aware that the funds were sourced from corruption.
In counts 17-38 of the criminal charges, Rex Elem, Gregory Mbonu, and Destre Consult Ltd are alleged to have converted the sum of N106.8 million, the property of Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, despite knowing that the sum was derived from official corruption.
In counts 39 and 40, the EFCC alleges that Captain Warredi Enisuoh converted the sum of N8 million, property of Global West Vessel Specialist, knowing that the money was derived from official corruption.
The offences allegedly committed by the accused are punishable under the Money Laundering Act of 2012.

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