More revelation came to light on the ongoing trial of former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi at a Lagos High Court on Tuesday.
The latest revelation has to do with how a contractor, Gama Marine Limited, was used to divert N60m out of the fund meant for an audit exercise.
A Compliance Officer with Access Bank Plc, Oliver Ewerem gave the narration
Ewerem appeared on Tuesday as a witness before Justice Raliat Adebiyi of a Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, where Akpobolokemi is standing trial along with six others over an alleged fraud of N754.7m.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had alleged that the defendants diverted N754.7m meant for the implementation of Voluntary International Maritime Organisation Member State Audit Scheme at NIMASA.
Standing trial along with Akpobolokemi are Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan, Vincent Udoye, Adegboyega Olopoenia and Gama Marine Nigeria Limited.
They were arraigned on January 25, 2016 but they all pleaded not guilty to the 13 counts pressed against them.
Ewerem was the second witness that the EFCC fielded in its bid to prove the allegations.
Led in evidence on Tuesday by the EFCC’s counsel, I. A. Muhammed, Ewerem testified that N67.5m was paid by NIMASA on February 2, 2015 into an Access Bank account belonging to Gama Marine Limited, which was supposed to be a contractor to the agency.
According to him the money was paid in two tranches of N28m and N39.450m.
Ewerem, however, said that between February 10 and 11, 2015, there were withdrawals amounting to N60m from Gama Marine Limited’s account in favour of Vincent Udoye, who is the 5th defendant in the charge filed by the EFCC.
Justice Adebiyi adjourned till Wednesday for continuation of trial.