3bn found in Tompolo’s account, frozen by EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has frozen a bank account allegedly belonging to a wanted ex-militant, Government Ekemupolo, otherwise known as Tompolo.

Tompolo, who is being investigated by the EFCC, has been on the run since February 2016.

He was arraigned in absentia alongside a former Director-General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and the latter’s six brothers on April 18, 2016, for an alleged N47.7bn fraud.

The EFCC arraigned the suspects before a Federal High Court in Lagos on 22 counts bordering on fraud, conversion of money and forgery.

The anti-graft agency subsequently found N3bn in one of Tompolo’s account and has frozen it pending the outcome of court processes, Punch Newspapers reports.

An operative of the EFCC was quoted to have said, “During investigations into the fraud at NIMASA (Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency), we traced about N3bn to a bank account, which is owned by Tompolo.”

“The account has since been frozen in accordance with Section 34 (1) of the EFCC Act 2004 which empowers the commission to freeze any account suspected of being used for financial crimes.”

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