N22.7b Fraud: FG widens criminal charge against Tompolo


Government Ekpemupolo also known as Tompolo
The Federal Government has widened the criminal charge against the former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo popularly known as Tompolo to include advance fee fraud, better known as 419.
In a fresh 22 count charge filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, Tompolo and 12 others were said to be engaged in advance fee fraud, stealing and money laundering to the tune of N22.76 billion.
Tompolo will face trial along with former boss of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi and his four brothers – Victor, Nobert, Emmanuel and Clement – said to be at large, allegedly aided the suspects to commit the fraud.
The other suspects are Kime Engozu, Josephine Otuaga, Rita Uruakpa and Pondi Kestin as well as seven companies – Mieka Dive Training Institute Ltd/GTE, Oyeinteke Global Network Ltd, Wabod Global Resources Ltd, Boloboere Properties Estate Ltd, Gokaid Marine Oil and Gas Ltd, Muhaabix Global Services Ltd and Watershed Associated Resources.
They were accused of converting various sums running into over N22.7bn allegedly stolen from NIMASA to their personal use between December 12, 2014 and April 10, 2015.
They were also accused of defrauding the Federal Government by making representations, which they knew to be false.
EFCC said the alleged offences contravene Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3)of the same Act.
The suspects also allegedly violated various sections of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012, including its sections 15(3) and 18(a) and are liable to punishment under Section 15(3) of the same Act, the commission said.
Captain Warredi and Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi arraigned by EFCC
They were said to be liable to punishment under Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap. M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004.
In count two, the …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper