The Ijaw People Development Initiative (IPDI) has strongly criticized the freezing of accounts of two companies allegedly owned by ex-Niger militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, otherwise known as Tompolo.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) froze the accounts of Mieka Divers Limited and Global West Vessels Limited, allegedly linked with fraudulent activity in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency under its former director general, Patrick Akpobolokemi.
Reacting to the development, Austin Ozobo, the national president of the IPDI, issued a statement on Tuesday, September 8, Vanguard reports.
The group noted that the federal government awarded contracts to the companies and Tompolo neither breached the contracts nor abandoned them.
“The freezing of Tompolo’s accounts by the federal government is barbaric, unlawful and obnoxious because Tompolo is not under any investigation. As a matter of fact, Tompolo is not under any investigation; therefore, there is no reason for his accounts to be frozen.
“Tompolo was just a contractor and the said contracts are ongoing, there was no case of abandonment of the said contracts. The contracts were legally awarded, there was no case of breach, the point is that Buhari should have respect for the law, he should maintain decorum.
“What is within the purview of the law is either execution or revocation of the contract and not freezing of the contractor’s account. Even in the case of contravention, the contractor has nothing to answer, except the institution that awarded the contract, what Buhari is doing is a witchhunt and declaration of war against the Niger-Delta people,” the group said.
Meanwhile, the anti-corruption crusade of the Buhari administration continues.
At the weekend the EFCC reportedly froze the bank account of the Keketobou Care Foundation, the charity organisation that belongs to Kingsley Kuku, former president Goodluck Jonathan’s special adviser on Niger Delta.
Reacting to the reports, the former aide noted that the attempt by the anti-craft agency to flag the account was a politically motivated move to implicate him and others who worked in Jonathan’s team.