Former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, limped into court today where he is facing corruption and fraud charges, on clutches.
Akpobolokemi is accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of conspiring with others to convert the sum of N601, 516.13 and $1,766,428.62, property of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, knowing that the said sums were proceeds of theft.
“He therefore committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act,” the EFCC charge sheet read in part.
Akpobolokemi was charged alongside Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo; with amended 40 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.
However, Tompolo failed to show up in court where he faces a N13bn fraud levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Justice Ibrahim Buba consequently issued a bench warrant on Tompolo and ordered the police to produce him in court by all means at the next hearing date.