How Former NIMASA DG Transferred N1.5bn into Private Accounts – Witness

 

 

It was another revelation time on Thursday at a Lagos High Court sitting in lgbosere.

A witness, Teslim Ajuwon, narrated how between August 2014 and October 2015, a total sum of N1.5 billion was transferred into various companies’ accounts in a bank from the Nigeria Maritime Administration Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Ajuwon, who was a compliance officer with a new generation bank, was led in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s Prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo.

This is as the ongoing trial of the former Director-General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, charged with stealing N754.7 million, entered a critical stage.

The witness said that on August 29, 2014, a sum of N498.2 million belonging to NIMASA was transferred to Committee of VIMSA’s account.

He said that on May 20, 2015, the sum of N318 million was also transferred from NIMASA into the account of VIMSAS.

According to him, on September 15, 2014, there was a transfer of the sum of N8.5 million into the account of Auster Ventures Ltd.

The anti-graft agency witness also said that there was another transfer of N11.4 million into the account of Liquid Garden Ventures Ltd on September 29, 2014.

“There was two outward transfer to Kofa Fada Nigeria Ltd on Oct. 30, the first transfer was N35 million and the second was N61.8 million.

“On Nov. 19, 2014, there was an outward transfer of N4.2 million into the account of Specialty Enterprises West Africa Ltd, also on May 28, 2015, there was an outward transfer of N257 million in favour of Aroward Consulting Ltd.”

During cross-examination, the witness admitted that the former NIMASA boss was not a signatory to any of the accounts he mentioned above.

He, however, said that he was not in any position to state the workings of the accounts.

Ajuwon also admitted that the transfers were authorised by NIMASA, but did not know why the monies were disbursed.

He admitted that some of the accused were not beneficiaries to the transactions listed above.

Akpobolokemi is standing trial on a 13-count charge of theft.

He was arraigned by the EFCC alongside Captain Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan, Vincent Udoye, Captain Olopoenia and a company — Gama Marine Nigeria Ltd.

Ajuwon told the court that EFCC wrote to his bank requesting for various accounts documents of some customers — Vincent Udoye, Liquid Gardens, Committee on Voluntary International Maritime Organisation Member’s State Audit Scheme’s account (VIMSAS) and Aroward consulting.

 

Author: News Editor

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