Friday, December 4, 2015

EFCC Arraigns Ex-NIMASA DG, 9 Others Over N3.1billion Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arraigned a former director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, and nine others before the Federal High Court in Lagos for allegedly laundering the sum of N3.1 billion belonging to the agency.

Also arraigned alongside the former NIMASA boss are seven accused persons and two companies, namely Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Felix Bob-Nabena, Captain Warredi Enisuoh, Governor Amechee Juan, Ugo Fredrick, Timi Alari, while the two companies are Al-kenzo Limited and Penniel Engineering Services Limited.

They were arraigned before the court by the EFCC on a 30-count charge of conspiracy, criminal conversion and money laundering.

The anti-graft agency claimed that the accused persons allegedly conspired among themselves to convert and launder several sums of money running into billions of naira under the guise of providing security intelligence around the Maritime domain.

The commission said a committee on intelligence was established by the agency under the watch of Apobolokemi with the second accused person, Captain Agaba as chairman, and that the committee allegedly received a total sum of N3.1 billion.

In disbursing the sum, the accused persons allegedly conspired and hired companies which investigation revealed were neither registered nor had the requisite capacity to provide such services.


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