Patrick Akpobolokemi, an ex-DG of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has been charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over misappopriation of N3.4billion belonging to the agency.
He was arraigned along with nine others, including two companies, before Justice Saliu Saidu of the Federal High Court in Lagos, reports The Nation.
It was gathered that the EFCC accused them of conspiring among themselves to convert N3.4billion belonging to NIMASA.
Accoding to the commission, the sum “was derived from stealing.”
EFCC said the alleged offence contravenes Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition/Amendment) Act of 2012 and punishable under Section 15 (3).
The others are – Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Felix Bob-Nabena, Capt. Warredi Enisuoh, Governor Juan, Ugo Fredrick, Timi Alari and two companies Al-Kenzo Limited and Peniel Engineering Services Limited.
According to the charge dated November 20, signed by Festus Keyamo and Rotimi Iseoluwa, the accused persons converted the sums between December 2013 and July 15 this year.
In count one, the defendants allegedly “conspired among themselves to commit an offence, to wit: conversion of the sum of N1,151,214,000.00, property of NIMASA, which sum was derived from stealing.”
EFCC said on December 23, 2013, the defendants allegedly converted N861.5million. On July 7 and 15 this year, they allegedly converted N235.4million.
Akpobolokemi, Agaba, Nwakuche and Al-Kenzo were accused of converting N60million which they “derived from stealing.”
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