In an open letter to the president and personally signed by him, Tompolo denied involvement in the alleged N34 billion Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) fraud.
He said: “The truth of the matter is that I do not know anything about the 34 billion naira EFCC is talking about. First, it was 13 billion naira (N13bn) issue, now it is 34 billion naira (N34bn).
“I am not a signatory to any of the companies mentioned in the said N34bn case, so I do not know where this one is coming from.”
Tompolo is being arraigned in connection with a multi-billion naira fraud involving a land deal with the Federal government.
The Federal High Court in Lagos had ordered Tompolo to appear before it to face a 40-count charge of alleged N13bn fraud levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Buba also granted leave to the EFCC to serve Tompolo the summons and charge number FHC/L/553/2015 through substituted mean, by “affixing same on the conspicuous part of his known address situated at 1 Chief Agbanu DDPA Extension Warri, Dalton state”.
The judge issued the summons following an application filed by the EFCC through its lawyer, Rotimi Oyedipo, alleging that they not been able to serve his with a copy of the charge.
Tompolo was also alongside accused with the former director-general of the NIMASA Patrick Akpobolokemi of diverting N34 billion which accrued from the public private partnership agreement between NIMASA and Global West Vessel Specialist Limited for personal use.
Yesterday, January 16, a report on Daily Post had showed a statement of threat to President Muhammadu Buhari issued by Tompolo.
Reacting to allegations that he attacked oil installations in Warri area of Delta state, a statement issued by Tompolo’s media aide, Paul Bebenimibo, reads in part: “Well, I am sure this is what President Buhari is looking for. He should allow the people of the Niger Delta Region to know peace, otherwise he will not know peace as well.”