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EFCC Intensifies Prosecution Of Ex-NIMASA Bosses, Others

A Bureau-de-Change operator, Wakili Daudu, in the ongoing trial of embattled former Director General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, Monday, told the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere how N93.39 million was allegedly paid into his account by NIMASA without him bidding for any contract. Akpobolokemi was arraigned alongside six others, Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Goveror Amechee Jun, Vincent Udoye, Captain Adegboyega Olopoeni and a company, Gama Maine Nigeria Ltd.

 

Akpobolokemi, Captain Agaba, Nwakuche, Jun, Udoye, were alleged to have between October 30, 2014 and May 6, 2015 converted N346, 844,680 property of NIMASA released to them for the implementation of Voluntary International Maritime Organisation Member State Audit Scheme, VIMSAS, to their personal use. The witness, who gave testimony before Justice Raliat Adebiyi, said he was contacted by one Mohammed Darlington that his boss, Captain Ezekiel Agaba wanted some money changed into dollars Daudu, who was led in evidence by the anti graft agency counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo stated that on October 30, 2014, N35, 688,000 was paid into his account by Darlington who claimed to be working for the second defendant.

 

He stated further that on the same day the sum of N61, 394,680 was also paid into his account, adding that the said money was changed into dollars and handed over to Darlington. Daudu said; “I don’t know anybody in NIMASA and I have never bided for any contract in NIMASA but millions of naira was paid into my account” The matter has been adjourned till today for continuation of trial. Meantime, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, adjourned till May 20 for judgment in a case against another former Director-General of the NIMASA, Raymond Omatseye, charged with N1.5 billion contract scam. He is charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on a 27 count charge of alleged bid rigging and contract splitting. The judgment, which was originally fixed for Monday, was adjourned at the instance of the court to May 20.

 

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