NIMASA: How former boss coverted N496 Million to Private use.

Former NIMASA Boss: Patrick Akpobolokemi

A Lagos high court Ikeja heard on Friday how a former Director-General of Nigeria Maritime Administration Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi and others requested for N496 million from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki and converted the money to personal use. An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) witness, Mr. Orji Chukwuma disclosed this while giving evidence before the court presided by Justice Raliatu Adebiyi.

Mr. Chukwuma further narrated to the court how the former NIMASA boss allegedly transferred N504 million to Arrow World Consultancy Services Limited.The EFCC had charged the former NIMASA boss and others for allegedly stealing over N754, 740,680.00 million belonging to NIMASA.

Akpobolokemi is facing trial alongside Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Amechee Juan, Vincent Udoye, Captain Adegboyega Sahib Olopoenia, and a company, Gama Marine Nigeria Limited.They are facing a 13-count charge bordering on stealing the money belonging to NIMASA.They pleaded not guilty to all the count charges against them.

Mr. Chukwuma who is an investigating officer with the EFCC said during the cause of investigation, it was discovered that defendants converted money meant for the purchase of equipments and other items for NIMASA to personal use and that the commission received intelligence report of a monumental fraud going on in NIMASA under the leadership of Akpobolokemi who was the Director General of the agency as at that time. According to the witness, “based on the fraudulent presentation of documents presented by the first defendant through Office of National Security Adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan, which was approved, an account was created in the name of VIMSAS which was operated by the second defendants and some others”.

When he was shown exhibit P9, he said it represent the fraudulent representation by the first defendant to NSA on May 15, 2015 and a reply from NSA dated October 15, 2015 and a payment voucher.”Exhibit P10 represent a letter from NIMASA dated June 20,2014 and a correspondence from ONSA on July 30,2014 a payment voucher. The NSA approved the sum of N498million but the investigation revealed contrary.

“A request of N318million was made and attached the list of things to purchase but investigation revealed that the money was converted as against the list. There was instruction to move N498,200m from NIMASA account to VIMSAS account no 1013961926 domiciled in Zenith Bank. The 1st defendant gave the order for the transferred.“On exhibit P9, a mandate to transferred N318million to VIMSAS account with Zenith Bank account and was approved by the 1st defendant. We wrote to the bank and we received responses on the activities on the account.

“It also showed that 2nd defendant is signatory to the account. On September 24 and November 16, 2014, a withdrawal of N3 million was made by the 3rd defendant on each day.” The witness further stated: “there was no contract between VIMSAS and NIMASA while ‘no goods, services were rendered or exchanged.”

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“Also, the sum of N318 million was also transferred to the Zenith Bank account which we discovered was used for personal purposes,” He also said during investigations, it was discovered that fictitious contracts were awarded to some companies one of which is Arrow World Consulting and Kofa Fadan Nigeria Limited.

It was also discovered that the companies were paid for bogus contracts which were never executed.“During investigations, we spent two days searching for the address of the company which we finally located. We also discovered that the sum of N11 million was transferred to one Aneke Julie Nkechi. It was discovered that she is related to a Lady Captain in NIMASA. She was invited to the EFCC’s office where she claimed that she didn’t know how the money got into her account but later refunded the money to the commission,” he said.

“One of the defendants Ekene Nwakuche made eight withdrawals of N3 million each through the instruction of Captain Ezekiel Agaba,” he said.

The trial judge, Justice Adebiyi has however adjourned the case to November 30, 2016 for further trial and hearing.

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