According to reports by correspondents, Government Ekpemupolo, had file a case to the court on the ground of access to his frozen account which was earlier done by the EFCC.
According to reports, a Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State, has dismissed a fundamental rights enforcement application by Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, challenging the freezing of his account and threats of arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
However, upholding the preliminary objection of the EFCC by Justice E. A. Obile, the matter has been struck out on the grounds that it could not sit on appeal over an order made by a Lagos State High Court, and could not also restrain the EFCC from inviting or prosecuting the applicants Tompolo.
Report has it that the EFCC had frozen a bank account allegedly belonging to Tompolo in May.
Notwithstanding, it was disclosed that that the anti-graft agency found N3bn in the account and had frozen it pending the outcome of court injunctions.
According to a detective at the anti-graft agency who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, 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.”
The anti-graft agency had arraigned the suspects before a Federal High Court in Lagos on 22 counts bordering on fraud, conversion of money and forgery.
Tompolo, who has been on the run since February, was arraigned in absentia alongside a former Director-General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and the latter’s six brothers on April 18, 2016 over an alleged N47.7bn fraud.
The EFCC in charge number FHC/L/C/31c/2016, alleged that the accused persons had sometime in 2014, within the jurisdiction of the court with an intent to defraud, conspired among themselves and obtained the total sum of N47,683,464,822 from the Federal Government.
They were also alleged to have received sum of N11,900,000,000 from the Federal Government, by falsely pretending that all the land and its appurtenances lying and situated at Mieka Diva Training Institute, Kurutie, Warri South council area Delta State, be acquired by the NIMASA, for the temporary campus of Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Warri South, council area is from encumbrance.
The accused persons also alleged to have between May 6, 2014, and December 2, 2014, forged and uttered a Certificate of Customary Rights of Occupancy of the old Bendel State of Nigeria, and purportedly issued same to NIMASA, claiming that it was issued by the Warri South Local Government Council, Delta State, to the prejudice of the Federal Government of Nigeria.