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Witness: I was paid N72m by NIMASA for doing nothing

Witness: I was paid N72m by NIMASA for doing nothing New York[RR]Abuja-Another witness in the ongoing trial of the former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpolobokemi, on Friday told a Federal High Court in Lagos how the agency paid N72 million into his company’s account without bidding for any […]

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Witness: I was paid N72m by NIMASA for doing nothing

New York[RR]Abuja-Another witness in the ongoing trial of the former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpolobokemi, on Friday told a Federal High Court in Lagos how the agency paid N72 million into his company’s account without bidding for any contract.
Mr Emeka Emenalo who was the fifth prosecution witness to be called by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) revealed this while testifying before the court in the N2.6 billion fraud case brought against Akpolobokemi and two other persons.

The revelation came three days after a witness, Uche Obilor had told the court that his three companies were paid the sum of N905 million by NIMASA without executing any contract.

Emenalo, owner of O2 Services Plus Nigeria Ltd, was led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor. He explained that sometime in 2015, his younger brother, Uche Emenalo sought to use his company to obtain a contract from NIMASA.

According to him, the sum of N21 million was paid into his account on March 15, 2015; N16 million on May 4, and N14.2 million on June 18.

According to him, his brother instructed him to transfer any money paid into his company’s account as would be directed and as soon as he was alerted. He added that he was instructed to transfer the money to accounts belonging to Blockz and Stonz Limited and Governor Juan.

Akpobolokemi was arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Buba along with three others – Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan – and three companies, namely Blockz and Stonz Limited, Kenzo Logistics Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistic Limited.

In a 22-count charge, they were accused of converting a total of N2.65 bilion between December 23, 2013 and May 28 last year.

The matter was adjourned till February16 for continuation of cross examination.

Credit: Dailytrust

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