Ex-NIMASA boss, Akpobolokemi defends self in N2.6 billion Fraud case


Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi: ex-NIMASA boss

Akin Kuponiyi

A former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, on Thursday denied defrauding the agency to the tune of N2.6 billion while he was the Director General.

He narrated graphically before a Federal High Court in Lagos where he is being prosecuted alongside five others, how he handled a total of N2,365,600,000 released to NIMASA for a maritime security project by the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to him, then President Jonathan approved the release of N2.3bn for NIMASA in three tranches between 2013 and 2015 for the implementation of a maritime security project tagged, International Shipping and Ports Security code.

He said the funds were approved by Jonathan following a letter he (Akpobolokemi) wrote to the Federal Government…

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