EFCC re-arrested Mr Patrick Akpobolokemi, the former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA outside the premises of the Federal High Court after Justice Ibrahim Buba adjourned his case till January 18, 2016
EFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arrested Mr Patrick Akpobolokemi, the former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA. In the process of re-arrest EFCC officials literally Bundled former Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA boss Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi into their waiting bus after they stormed the Federal High Court to effect his re-arrest today Dec 14th.
He was rearrested outside the premises of the Federal High Court after Justice Ibrahim Buba adjourned his case till January 18, 2016 for the commencement of trial This latest arrest is coming after the court already granted him bail in the sum of N50m. At the time of his arrest, he had already met the bail conditions and had just come to the court from home. The trial of Mr Patrick Akpobolokemi was stalled at the court on Monday owing to request for adjournments by defense counsel.
The former NIMASA boss had earlier been arraigned with three other accused persons and three companies over an alleged stealing and conversion of N2,659,457,666.00. In a twenty-two count criminal charge number FHC/L/511C/15 signed and filed before the court by the EFCC prosecutor Barrister Festus Keyamo, it was alleged that Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi, Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche and Governor Amechee Juan with intent to defraud and conspire together to induce the Federal Government of Nigeria to approve and deliver to NIMASA the sum of N2,659,457,666.60 under the false pretense that the said sum represented the cost for the implementation of the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) code in Nigeria Ports thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 8(a) 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraaud Related Offences Act,2006.
All the accused persons were also alleged to have conspired with these three companies BLOCK AND STONZ LTD, KENZO LOGISTICS LIMITED, AND AL-KENZO LOGISTICS LTD to commit the offence thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) of the money laundering Act 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same act.
They all pleaded not guilty and were granted bail in the sum of N50 million with one surety who must possess landed property worth N50million the accused must deposit their international passport with the court as the are also ban from travelling outside the country.
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