Captain Warredi and Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi arraigned by EFCC
A prosecution witness, Uche Obilor in the ongoing trial of former Director-General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi and six others today told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos,south west Nigeria how his three companies were paid N905, 800,000 by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for a contract he did not execute.
Obilor, who is the Managing Director of Ace Prosthesis Limited, Seabulk Offshore Limited and Southern Offshore Limited, told the court that the money was paid into the companies’ two bank accounts even though he did not tender any proposal or carry out any contract for NIMASA.
Akpobolokemi was arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Buba alongside three other accused persons – Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan – and three companies, namely Blockz and Stonz Limited, Kenzo Logistics Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistic Limited.
In a twenty- two count criminal charge filed before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), they were accused of converting a total of N2, 658,957,666 between December 23, 2013 and May 28 last year. The accused who pleaded not guilty to all the counts are currently on bail.
Led in evidence by EFCC prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, Obilor disclosed that the sum of N437million was paid to Ace Prosthesis Limited, while N402 million was paid to Seabulk Offshore Limited and N66.8 million was paid to Southern Offshore Limited respectively.
On how his companies got the contract, Obilor told the court that he was approached by Captain Ezekiel Agaba (second accused) that his companies have been awarded a contract to assist NIMASA meet the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code for 2014.
He also told the court that shortly after the money was paid, he was told by Captain Agaba to stay execution of …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper