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Friday 16 December 2016

Court refuses Tompolo’s request to defreeze his account

A Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State, yesterday dismissed a fundamental rights enforcement application by Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, challenging the freezing of his accounts and threats of arrest by the EFCC.

Justice E. A Obile upheld the preliminary objection by the EFCC and struck out the matter on the grounds that it cannot sit on appeal over an order made by a Lagos State High Court, and cannot also restrain the EFCC from inviting or prosecuting the applicants.

EFCC froze the accounts of two companies, Mieka Divers Limited and Global West Vessels Limited owned by Tompolo over allegations that the accounts were used for illegal transactions with NIMASA. Tompolo who is currently on the run, has been declared wanted by the anti-graft agency.

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