Tompolo Drags FG, EFCC, Others to Court

The ding dong between former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission took a new dimension, Monday, as Tompolo dragged the Federal Government before a Federal High Court in Lagos, challenging the N45.9 billion fraud charges filed against him.

Other defendants in the suit are the EFCC, the Inspector-General of Police, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff and the Chief of Air Staff.

The suit, which was filed on his behalf by a Lagos-based lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, the former militant leader contended that sections 221 and 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, which prohibits him from seeking a stay of proceedings in his trial, are infringing on his constitutional rights to fair hearing.

He urged the court to nullify sections 221 and 306 of the ACJA and restrain the FG, EFCC and the Inspector General of Police from deploying those sections of the law against him.

The anti graft commission had in January filed a 40-count charge against Tompolo, ex-DG of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Patrick Akpobolokemi and others over the alleged N45.9 billion fraud.

While  the former Akpobolokemi has been appearing in court to answer to the charges, Tompolo had consistently shunned the court summons.

The court subsequently declared him wanted for his failure to appear in court to answer to the charges preferred against him by the EFCC.

 

 

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