Former NIMASA DG, Akpobolokemi Docked Afresh Over N35bn Fraud

Former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and eight others were Tuesday arraigned on fresh charges of over an alleged N35 billion fraud.
But Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, who was supposed to be arraigned along others was absent in court.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the new charges, alleged that Akpobolokemi, Global West Vessel Ltd, Odimiri Electrical Ltd, Kime Engozu, Boloboere Property and Estate Ltd, Rex Elem, Destre Consult Ltd, Gregory Mbonu, and Captain Warredi Enisuoh‎, conspired to commit fraud amounting to N35bn between 2012 and 2015. They all pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The court granted all but one, bail after the defendants’ lawyer moved for bail application. The prosecution lawyer did not oppose the bail application.
Justice Ibrahim Buba granted bail to all the defendants in the sum of N50 million with “one reliable surety in like sum”.
Mr. Enisuoh, who was charged on two out of the 40 counts (totalling N8 million), received a N10 million bail with one surety.
“The defendants who are already on bail are to perfect their bail conditions within 24 hours or be remanded in prison.
“Those appearing before me for the first time should perfect their bail conditions today or be remanded in prison”, Buba said.
The Judge adjourned the case till May 23, 24, 25, and 26 for trial.

Author: News Editor

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