The leaders and people of Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom, in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, have given their total support to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in its probe of Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, over the alleged N13 billion paid by Federal Government for the acquisition of the Maritime University land in the community.
The leaders, who spoke through Chief Michael Johnny in Warri over the weekend, said now that Tompolo had admitted that the alleged N13 billion was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Federal Ministry of Lands and Survey, Federal Ministry of Transport and NIMASA; the EFCC should ask Tompolo why Okerenkoko was paid only N360 million for the land.
They said Tompolo was not above the law and he should tell Nigerians the whereabouts of the balance of over N12billion, urging the EFCC to invite Tompolo and also “the immediate former ministers of the aforementioned ministries and agency to explain their respective roles in the transaction”.
The leaders insisted that EFCC should prosecute those involved in the diversion of the funds, recover same and given for the development of the community, which was razed down years.
By Pita Ochai