Akpobolokemi sent back to prison

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Akin Kuponiyi
Captain Warredi and Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi arraigned by EFCC
A Lagos High Court presided over by Justice Raliat Adebiyi on Monday ordered that former Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi and six other staff of the agency should be remanded in prison custody.
They were to be remanded in Ikoyi prisons till tomorrow when they are expected to perfect their bail conditions.
The accused persons were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the court over alleged stealing of N754,740,680.00 million belonging to NIMASA.
The new charge number LD/2181C/15 filed before Justice Raliat Adebiyi bordered on allegations of stealing and forgery.
In the thirteen count charge, Akpobolokemi was arraigned alongside Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Amechee Juan, Vincent Udoye, Captain Adegboyega Sahib Olopoenia and a company, Gama Marine Nigeria Limited.
The first to fifth defendants (Akpobolokemi, Captain Agaba, Nwakuche, Juan, Udoye) were alleged to have between October 30,2014 and May 6, 2015 within the jurisdiction of the court converted to their personal use N346,844,680 property of NIMASA released to them for the implementation of Voluntary International Maritime Organisation Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS).
They were also alleged to have on or about May 28, 2015 with a dishonest intent converted to their own use the sum of N257,000,000 released for the implementation of Voluntary International Maritime Organisation Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS).
The defendants were alleged to have with intent to defraud knowingly forged a document titled “Re: Request For Payment as consultant for VIMSAS Administration Services” dated May 25, 2015 purported to have been issued by Aroward Consulting Limited.
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Source:: PM Newspaper