The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announced today that it will arraign both Government “Tompolo” Ekpemupolo and Patrick Akpobolokemi tomorrow, Thursday January 14th, 2016. According to a press release issued by Wilson Uwujaren they are being charged on forty counts of “money laundering, conspiracy, stealing, and the diversion of funds.”
SaharaReporters broke the news yesterday that the Federal High Court authorized the arrest of Tompolo in connection with a multi-billion naira fraud involving a land deal with the Federal Government. SaharaReporters has also reported that the EFCC has accused Mr. Akpobolokemi, the former Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), of laundering stolen money through NIMASA and for theft.
The EFCC statement also announced that four known associates of Tompolo will be arrested in connection to the same investigation. Those associates include Kime Engozu, Rex Elem, Gregory Mbonu and Captain Warredi Enisuoh. The companies are Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, Odimiri Electricals Limited, Boloboere Property and Estate Limited, Destre Consult Limited.”
The statement also alleged that these associates “diverted the sum of N34 billion which accrued from the public private partnership agreement between NIMASA and Global West Vessel Specialist Limited for personal use.”
The EFCC also stated that they were forced to secure a court order because Tompolo has continuously evaded their efforts to speak to him about his involvement in these allegations.