By Paul Dada
A Federal High Court in Lagos, presided over by Justice Ibrahim Buba, has granted leave to the Federal Government to compel the appearance of former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo to appear before it.
The order followed an application by the counsel for prosecution, Rotimi Oyedepo who informed the court that Tompolo, has refused to co-operate in the case being made against him.
Tompolo is being alleged to have fraudulently sold a land for N13 billion to the immediate past administration led by Goodluck Jonathan, for the construction of a Nigerian Maritime University (NMU).
Tompolo who was in December last year invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for questioning, refused to appear before the anti-graft agency.
The bank accounts of his companies, Mieka Divers Ltd and Global West Vessel Specialists Nigeria Ltd, used for the payment of the N13 billion, have however been frozen by the EFCC.
The official order of the court, reads in part: That an order is granted to the Applicant issuing a summons to compel the appearance of Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) before this Honourable Court having been alleged to have committed the offences as contained in the body of the charge.
That the leave is granted to the Applicant to serve the summons and charge No FHC/L/553c/2015 on the defendant.
The court ordered the prosecution to serve Tompolo the charge and summons via the substituted means of pasting same on a conspicuous part of his known address at 1, Chief Agbanu DDPA Extension at Warri.
The matter has been adjourned till Thursday.