The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday has dismissed the entire 40 counts charge, which bordered on an alleged N34bn fraud filed against Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, a company linked to a former Niger Delta militant leader, Ekpemupolo A.K.A Tompolo, by the Federal Government.
Other that were alleged in the suit, were a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpolokemi, Rex Elem, Kime Engozu Warredi Enisuoh and Gregory Mbonu.
Also, three other firms were also alleged in the case by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2015, they were Odimiri Electrical Limited; Destre Consult Limited and Boloboere Property and Estate Limited.
The EFCC had accused the defendants of conspiring among themselves to divert various funds belonging to NIMASA, which sums up to over N34bn, for their personal use.
News4Naija gathered that Tompolo’s name appeared as the first defendant at the beginning of the case,but due to his continuous refusal to honour court summonses, Mr Festus Keyamo,who handles the case for the EFCC, seek the court to remove Tompolo’s name from the charge sheet.
However, In a ruling by Justice Buba on Wednesday, the case was declared a “no case”, the Judge pronounced that the prosecution “failed to establish a prima facie case” against the defendants.
He then set the defendants free by dismissing the whole forty counts charges filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission through Mr Festus Keyamo.
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