Akpobolokemi Set up Committees to launder Billions of Naira – EFCC Witness

An EFCC prosecut­ing witness, Mr Kanu Idagu, on Monday narrated before a Federal High Court in Lagos, how NIMASA set up committees to launder monies running into bil­lions of Naira.
Idagu, an operative of the Economic and Finan­cial Crimes Commission (EFCC) gave the evidence at the resumed trial of Patrick Akpobolokemi, a for­mer Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Admin­istration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Akpobolokemi is stand­ing trial alongside nine others on a 40 count charge bordering on the offence.
Others charged are: Cap­tain Bala Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Felix Bob-Na­bena, Captain Warredi Eni­souh, Governor Juan, Ugo Frederick and Timi Alari.
Also charged are two companies: Al-kenzo Ltd and Penniel Engineering Services Ltd.
They had all pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail by the court.
Led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mr Festus Key­amo, the witness, told the court that as head of the EFCC Special Task Force, he co-ordinates investiga­tions, as well as carries out searches and arrest.
He told the court that the taskforce received a petition in the last quarter of 2015, of some activities in NIMA­SA, during the period when Akpobolokemi was DG.
According to him, his team embarked on inves­tigation and in the process, discovered that NIMASA had set up various com­mittees some of which were used to launder mon­ies through companies and Bureau de Change.
He said that specifically, a committee on intelligence was set up and headed by the second accused, with an Access bank account Number 0688939609 opened for the receipt of monies.
“Between December 20, 2013 and July 7, 2015, the committee received money in tranches running into 1.5 billion.
“The chairman of the committee raised several internal memos to the Director of Finance and Accounts, wherein it was claimed that the funds were to be used for intelligence based security activities.

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