EFCC Re-arrests Ex-NIMASA Boss, Akpolobokemi

EFCC Re-arrests Ex-NIMASA Boss, Akpolobokemi

The operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has rearrested the immediate past Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpolobokemi, within the premises of the Federal High Court, in Lagos.
The former NIMASA boss who is facing about three different criminal trials was bundled into the awaiting Toyota Hiace bus, by armed operatives of the EFCC numbering about 10, immediately he stepped out of court.
The operatives of the anti-graft agency pounced on the former NIMASA DG while coming out of the court following the adjournment of his trial over alleged theft of N2.6billion by Justice Ibrahim Buba till January 18, 2016.
Akpobolokemi was about to enter his car outside the court when he was accosted by two EFCC operatives and two armed mobile Policemen.
Thereafter the encounter degenerated into a scuffle with the armed policemen calling for a reinforcement.
He was manhandledand forced into the bus after he resisted and vowed not to follow the detectives to their office.
Efforts by his team of lawyers led by Dr. Joseph Nwobike (SAN), to stop his rearrest was rebuffed by the armed detectives.
EFCC has not given reasons why he was re-arrested even though he had met the initial bail conditions imposed by the court.
Those charged alongside Akpolobokemi includes Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba; Ekene Nwakuche; Governor Ameche Juan; Blockz and Stonez Nigeria Limited and Al-Kenzo Nigeria Limited,.
They are charged on 22 counts charge of the alleged theft of N2.6 billion before the court.
The accused persons in a charge marked FHC/L/511c/15, were alleged had on or about February 4, 2014, did conspired among themselves to commit the act by converting the said sum, property of NIMASA, which was derived from stealing.
They were also alleged to have with intent to defraud conspired among themselves by inducing the Federal government of Nigeria to approve and deliver the said sum, under the false pretence that the said sum represented the cost for the implementation of the International Ship and Ports Security (ISPS), Code in Nigeria Ports.
The alleged offences according to the anti-graft agency prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, are contrary to sections 15(1), 18(a) 8(a), 1(b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012, and punishable under section 15(3) and 1(3) of the same Act.
In another criminal charged by the EFCC, Akpolobokemi and nine others were on last Thursday, arraigned before Justice Saliu Saidu of the same court on a 30 count-charge of alleged theft of N3.4 billion.
Those charged alongside the former NIMASA boss before Justice Saliu Saidu led court are; Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba; Ekene Nwakuche; Felix Bob-Nabena; Captain Warredi Enisouh; Governor Amechee Juan; Ugo Frederick and Timi Alari Al-kenzo Limited and Penniel Engineering Services Limited.
Though, they all pleaded not guilty to the charges and admitted to different bail conditions, and ordered that they should all be remanded in prisons custody pending the fulfilment of the bail conditions, while adjourned the case till January 29, 2016, for trial.