Monday, 7 December 2015

JUST IN: EFCC Freezes Tompolo's Company's Accounts

The accounts of Global West Vessel Specialists Nigeria Limited (GWVSNL) has been frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

Nigerian Tribune reports that GWVSNL is owned by a former Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpomupolo, popularly known as Tompolo.

It was reported that in 2011, the company signed a 10-year maritime security contract with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)

GWVSNL as part of its contract was expected to provide platforms to be used by the Nigerian navy and other security operatives to patrol the waterways.

The federal Ministry of Transportation in July directed NIMASA to discontinue payment to GWVSNL. This discontinuation of payment is a result of the freezing of GWVSNL’s account.

The bank accounts of former director-general of the agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi; his wife’s, Beauty Akpobolokemi and four brothers – Clement Akpobolokemi, Stephen Akpobolokemi, Julius Akpobolokemi and Victor Akpobolokemi – have also been frozen by the EFCC.

Tompolo and other militants were granted amnesty in a programme established by the government. however, some aggrieved Niger Delta ex-militants who claimed that they were in the creeks working for their bosses and participated in the amnesty training at Obubra in Cross River state, took to the streets of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, protesting the non-payment of five months stipends by the federal government.