Ex NIMASA Boss, Akpobolokemi Tells Court How He Brought Bulletproof Car, House In Banana Island

at 02:05 PM, 14 Feb 18 (1 week ago)
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Former Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, yesterday February 13th, told Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos how he acquired his bullet-proof car and house in Banana Island, Lagos.

Akpobolokemi is facing trial alongside Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan, Blockz and Stonz Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistic Limited for allegedly diverting the sum of N2.6bn from the covers of NIMASA between December 2013 and May 2015.

During cross-examination by the defence counsel, Joseph Nwobike, SAN, Akpobolokemi, who denied having any link to all the companies mentioned in the charge by the prosecution, said he was surprised when a prosecution witness, Orji Chukwuma, in his testimony, claimed that he acquired his car and paid for his rented apartment in Banana Island, Lagos with money made from the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code activities in 2014.

Akpobolokemi, who also denied receiving money either in local or foreign currencies from the second defendant, further told the court that all the allowances he received were his entitlements, which came through his salary in NIMASA.

He further told the court that employees and political appointees were entitled to a lot of allowances in NIMASA.

"I used all the allowances I received for my personal use. I paid for the car in question by instalments between 2011 and 2013. I didn't acquire it through the process of ISPS. I paid the rent for the house in 2011, 2012 and 2013 with my earnings," he told the court

When asked to explain the process of the ISPS code, he said: " It entails that NIMASA works with relevant stakeholders, including the port terminal, security agents, shipping community etc within the maritime domain to ensure shipping is carried out smoothly."

He also told the court that the day-to- day activities of ISPS code was coordinated by Captain Bala Agaba, who was the Chairman of the Committee in Nigeria.

The case was adjourned to Wednesday, February 14, 2018 for continuation.
SOGaiya at 02:11 PM, 14 Feb 18 (1 week ago)
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Note without if na poor man now he will just jailed n nailed
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ruthie at 02:42 PM, 14 Feb 18 (1 week ago)
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criminal should rot in jail
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cypanyahucha at 02:53 PM, 14 Feb 18 (1 week ago)
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Rougues everwhere
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nature7888 at 03:56 PM, 14 Feb 18 (1 week ago)
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Hmmmm, dem go settle
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james987 at 04:25 PM, 14 Feb 18 (1 week ago)
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Corruption everywhere.. I wonder which corruption wey them they fight. Money just dey loss anyhow,just like in the 80s
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slimber at 04:33 PM, 14 Feb 18 (1 week ago)
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Nigerians with corruption evrywhere
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gogoman at 11:57 PM, 14 Feb 18 (1 week ago)
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na wa oooo
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Kola44 at 11:19 AM, 15 Feb 18 (1 week ago)
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Am tired of the phenomena, just kill anybody found wanting in the act of corruption......as nobody want to die.
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