A Nigerian court today set a new deadline for the arrest of former Niger Delta militant leader Government Ekpemupolo, after he again failed to appear to face theft and money laundering charges.
Ekpemupolo is one of 10 defendants, including a former head of Nigeria’s maritime security agency, named on a 40-count indictment brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The former MEND leader is facing 14 count charges of theft and money laundering between 2012 and 2015 totaling just over $175 million (157 million euros). Read more here.
Speaking on why he had failed to appear in court, the defendant’s lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo, that Tompolo had not been properly served with the summons. He was however overruled and ordered to produce his client in court on February 19th.
According to the prosecutor, Festus Kayemo, the new high court order had triggered a nationwide search for Ekpemupolo to ensure his arrest and appearance in court. “The accused and his legal team should realise that there is a new sheriff in town who abhors impunity,” he added. “(Former president Goodluck) Jonathan created outlaws and untouchables in the system. (Current President Muhammadu) Buhari is out to dismantle all that.”
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