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Akpobolokemi authorised disbursement of N498m NIMASA funds to cronies, says witness


Patrick Akpobolokemi

Patrick Akpobolokemi

Mrs. Olamide Odusanya, a prosecution witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the ongoing trial of former director general of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi and six others, yesterday explained how the agency’s funds were transferred to some individuals.

Odusanya, who is an assistant director at NIMASA, testified before Justice Raliat Adebiyi of the Lagos High Court, Igbosere that Akpobolokemi authorised the disbursement of the agency’s N498.2 million to some of those standing trial with him.

Those standing trial with Akpolobokemi on Charge No. LD/2181C/15 are Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan, Vincent Udoye, Adegboyega Olopoenia and Gama Marine Nigeria Limited.

They were arraigned on January 25, 2016 but pleaded not guilty to the 13 counts pressed against them by the anti-graft agency.

She affirmed that no financial transactions could be made in the agency without chief executive’s approval, adding that Akpolobokemi was signatory to NIMASA’s two bank accounts, one of which was with Access Bank.

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