N34bn alleged theft: Tompolo, Akpobolekemi to face 40-count charge

N34bn alleged theft: Tompolo, Akpobolekemi to face 40-count charge
January 13 18:41 2016

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has slammed a 40-count charge of stealing and fraudulent diversion of public funds on former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo and former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Patrick Akpobolokemi and nine others.

The duo were accused by EFCC to have allegedly stolen about N34 billion said to have been the sum realised from a Private Public Partnership, which the former NIMASA DG entered into with a company, Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, said to be owned by Tompolo and others.

After initially arresting and detaining Akpobolokemi, EFCC has formally approached a Federal High Court to press 40 count charges against Tompolo, five other individuals and four companies said to have been used in stealing and diverting the said sum of N34 billion, which accrued to the PPP arrangement.

In all, the suspects are being arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos for what EFCC listed as money laundering, conspiracy, stealing and diversion of public funds for their personal use.

Accordjng to a statement released in Abuja on Wednesday by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the four individuals to be arraigned along with Tompolo and Akpobolokemi are Kime Engozu, Rex Elem, Gregory Mbonu and Captain Warredi Enisuoh.

According to Wilson, the four companies to be charged along with the others are: Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, Odimiri Electricals Limited, Boloboere Property and Estate Limited and Destre Consult Limited.