N3.7 billion fraud: Trial of Akpobolokemi, others adjourned

The absence one of the accused persons yesterday stalled of the trial of the immediate past Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpolobokemi and seven other persons.
The accused persons are facing charges bordering on alleged theft of N3.700, 629 billion before a Lagos Federal High Court.
The matter has been adjourned till February 17, 18 and March 22.
At the resumption of trial yesterday, counsel to the sixth accused person, (Governor Amechee), Mr. Ige Asemudara, informed the Court that his client is still being remanded in the prisons custody due to his inability to meet the bail conditions granted him by a Lagos state High court on Monday.
He therefore urged the court for an adjournment pending when his client would have perfect the bail conditions.
Upon the application for adjournment by the lawyer to the sixth accused person, Justice Saidu adjourned the trial of the all accused persons till February 17, 18 and March 22.
Akpolobokemi, the immediate past Director-General of NIMASA alongside seven others, and two companies are facing 30 count charges of conversion of the sum of N3.700,629 billion before Justice Saliu Saidu.
Those charged alongside Akpolobokemi are; Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba; Ekene Nwakuche; Felix Bob-Nabena; Captain Warredi Enisouh; Governor Amechee Juan; Ugo Frederick and Timi Alari.
The two limited liability companies charged with the accused persons are: Al-kenzo Limited and Penniel Engineering Services Limited.
The EFCC in a charge number FHC/L/496c/15, alleged that Akpolobokemi and other accused persons had on or before December 20, 2013, by conspiring among themselves to converted the said sum which belongs to NIMASA.
The alleged offences according to the EFCC prosecutors, Mr. Festus Keyamo and Rotimi Oyedepo, are contrary to and punishable under section 18(a) and 15(1)of the Money Laundering Prohibition (Amendment) Act. 2012, and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.
The accused persons had pleaded not guilty to all the counts aand had been granted bail by the Court.
Akpolobokemi and other accused persons are also facing another criminal charges of alleged fraud of N2.6 billion, and another criminal charge of N34 billion alongside Ex-Niger/Delta militant leader, Government Tompolo Ekpolodomu, before Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Lagos Federal High Court, and another criminal charge of N754.8 million fraud, before an Igbosere High Court of Lagos State.

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