Alleged N754.8m Fraud: Court Arraigns Akpobolokemi, Six Others

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[caption id="attachment_4527" align="alignnone" width="650"]Patrick Akpobolokemi (Former Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA)[/caption]

A former Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, was on Monday arraigned before a Lagos High Court, on charges bordering on fraud and forgery.

The court also arraigned Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Amechee Juan, Vincent Udoye, Captain Adegboyega Olopoenia and a company, Gama Marine Nig. Ltd. For offences bordering on stealing and forgery to the tune of N754.8 million, levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

After pleading not guilty to the charges, the defence counsel, Mr Joseph Nwobike (SAN), filed an application for bail.

Justice Raliat Adebiyi who presided over the matter, granted the first to fifth accused persons N20 million bail each, with two sureties each in like sum.

She granted the sixth and seventh accused persons bail in the sum of N2 million each with two sureties each in like sum, adding that the sureties must depose to an affidavit of means and fixed Feb. 24 for trial.

Justice Adebiyi, thereafter, ordered the remand of the accused persons in prison custody.

The accused are being charged with offences which is said to have contravened the provisions of Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State, 2011.