The Nigerian Government has via its anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed fresh criminal charges against a former Niger Delta militant leader, Chief Government Oweize Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), involving about N22.7 billion.
During the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Friday, the federal government, who lined up 25 witnesses to testify against Tompolo and 12 others, filed 22 fresh charges, which bordered on stealing, advanced fee fraud and money laundering.
The charges levelled against them involve the fraudulently converting over N22.7bn, stolen from NIMASA, to their personal use between December 12, 2014 and April 10, 2015.
Others accused in the first charge include a former Director-General of the Nigeria 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, Destre Consult Limited, Gregory Mbonu and Captain Warredi Enisuoh.
The judge in charge of the trial, Justice Ibrahim Buba had, on January 14, ordered Tompolo’s arrest.
The judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest after he failed to report in court to face a prior criminal charge against him.