The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos how former Managing Director of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, disbursed the N2.6bn allegedly stolen by him.
The former NIMASA boss was accused of defrauding the Federal Government to the tune of N795.2m.
He was arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Buba alongside three others; Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan and three companies, namely Blockz and Stonz Limited, Kenzo Logistics Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistic Limited.
The EFCC had, in the charge, claimed that the accused persons converted a total of N2,658,957,666 between December 23, 2013 and May 28, 2015 to their personal use. When asked to take their plea, the accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The anti-graft agency in opening the trial called its first witness, Teslim Ajuwon, who is the Compliance Officer at Zenith Bank and is responsible for enquiries from regulatory agencies such as the EFCC, Police, NDLEA, among others.
The witness told the court that he received enquiries from the EFCC for a report of activities on some accounts, including Aruwo Consulting Limited, Extreme Vertex Limited, Southern Options Limited, Green Lemon Services and Committee on ISPS, adding that the bank received a request to produce account opening package of the companies as well as their financial statements.