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EFCC declares Tompolo wanted, as court renews arrest warrant

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The Economic and financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] has declared Government Ekpemupolo [a.k.a. Tompolo] wanted.

Earlier on Monday, 08 February 2016, Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos has renewed the Arrest Warrant issued on Tompolo.

The Judge dismissed an objection by Tompolo to his arrest brought and renewed a warrant order issued earlier on ex- militant leader.

According to Justice Buba, the application by Tompolo’s lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo, urging the court to set aside an order of substituted service was “misconceived, misplaced, and misapplicable.”

“Up till today the first defendant has refused to honour the invitation of the court to appear before it,” the judge said. 

“The whole essence of service is to make the person aware of charges facing him. By bringing an application before the court, the first defendant had become aware of the charge before the court.”

Mr. Buba adjourned till February 19th, 2016.

Meanwhile, he tasked all relevant security agencies to produce Mr. Ekpemupolo at the next hearing.

Mr. Ekpemupolo and Patrick Akpobolokemi, the former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, are accused of a multibillion naira fraud at the agency.

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