The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has obtained a court order to seize some assets belonging to a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo.
Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday authorised the EFCC to take possession of the ex-militant’s assets pending the time he would appear before the court to answer the charges of N45.9bn fraud preferred against him and nine others.
The judge said the Federal Government may proceed to auction Tompolo’s assets if he failed to appear within three months of the order.
Tompolo’s assets, which the EFCC was authorised to seize, include his house located at No. 1, Chief Agbamu Close DDPA Extension Warri (Effurun), Delta State.
Others are a River Crew Change Boat named MUHA -15; “Tompolo Dockyard,” “Tompolo Yard,” the Diving School at Kurutie, at Escravos River; “Tompolo House” at Oporaza Town, opposite the Palace.