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Ex-NIMASA DG, Akpobolokemi, Others Diverted N1.1bn NIMASA Funds – EFCC

Patrick Akpobolokemi

A detective with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Orji Chukwuma, on Monday revealed how N1.1 bn released by previous administration under President Goodluck in 2014 for a project in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency was allegedly diverted.

Chukwuma said though the cash was asked for by a former Director-General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, in 2013 for the implementation of the International Ship and Port Security facility in NIMASA (to examine vessels getting in Nigeria) 89 percent of the fund was diverted.

According to Chukwuma, Jonathan approved the N1,123,400,000  on November 4, 2013 and it was released to NIMASA through a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, on January 3, 2014.

But he said the money was siphoned through six companies and by N3m cash transactions at 15 different times.

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Chukwuma said this on Monday when he appeared as a prosecution witness before a Federal High Court in Lagos where Akpobolokemi and five others were standing trial for allegedly defrauding NIMASA to the tune of N2.6bn between March and June 2014.

Akpobolokemi was arraigned along with Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan, Blockz and Stonz Ltd. and Al-Kenzo Logistics Ltd. before Justice  Ibrahim Buba on December 4, 2015.

The case was adjourned till April 29, 2016 when Chukwuma, who is the last EFCC witness, will be cross-examined by the defence counsel.

The EFCC may also close its case, which it opened in February, on that day leaving the floor for the accused persons to present their defences.

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