An Appeal Court in Lagos has upheld the decision of the Federal High Court ordering the seizure of property belonging to Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo.
I. N. Buba, judge of the Federal High Court, Lagos, had ordered the seizure of the property by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The order followed Tompolo’s failure to appear in court over a case of alleged crime leveled against him.
The EFCC sought the seizure of Tompolo’s property, pending his arrest or appearance before the court.
The court granted the commission’s request after which Tompolo challenged the judgment at the court of appeal.
On Thursday, the court however held that the ex-militant’s request for reversal of the seizure order cannot be granted until he responds to the summons.
It asked Tompolo is to appear before the federal high court to apply for the order to be discharged, rather than filing an appeal.