Nigerian-government loses N34bn fraud case against Tompolo’s firm, others

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The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday dismissed the entire 40 counts bordering on alleged N 34bn fraud filed by the Federal Government against Global West Vessel Specialist Limited , a company linked to a former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo , alias Tompolo .

The other defendants in the case were a former Director -General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpolokemi , Kime Engozu, Rex Elem , Gregory Mbonu and Warredi Enisuoh .

Three other firms – Odimiri Electrical Limited; Boloboere Property and Estate Limited ; and Destre Consult Limited – were also defendants in the criminal case filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in 2015 .

Tompolo was initially joined as the first defendant in the case , but following his refusal to answer repeated court summonses, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN) , who handled the case for the EFCC, had to apply to the court that Tompolo ’ s name be removed from the charge sheet.

In a ruling on Wednesday on the defendants ’ no- case submission , Justice Ibrahim Buba pronounced that the prosecution “ failed to establish a prima facie case ” against the defendants .

He, therefore , dismissed the entire 40 counts filed against the defendants by the EFCC, through Keyamo , and set them free .

In the charges , the EFCC had accused the defendants of conspiring among themselves to divert various sums running into over N 34bn , belonging to NIMASA to their personal use .

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