Former boss of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi, was literally dragged into EFCC’s waiting bus by the commission’s officials after they came to the Federal High Court to effect his arrest today.
According to PM News, the embattled former Director General of NIMASA who had been brought to two different federal high courts on charges of stealing and conversion of money running into billions of Naira, was leaving the court and was about entering his car outside a court presided over by justice Ibrahim Buba, where one of the cases was adjourned till 18th January, 2016 for trial, when he was approached by two EFCC operatives and two armed mobile policemen. They initiated him in a discussion and requested that he went with them to their office, and when he declined, they forcefully pulled him into their waiting bus as he resisted to be arrested calmly.
Watch The Video of The Arrest Below:
The former NIMASA boss had earlier been taken to court with three other accused persons and three companies over the reported stealing and conversion of N2,659,457,666.00.
According to reports, Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi, Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche and Governor Amechee Juan are charged with a twenty-two count criminal charge number FHC/L/511C/15 signed and filed before the court by the EFCC prosecutor Barrister Festus Keyamo for intent to swindle and conspiring to make the Federal Government of Nigeria endorse and give to NIMASA the sum of N2,659,457,666.60 under the trick that the said sum would be used for the implementation of the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) code in Nigeria Ports thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 8(a) 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
All the accused persons were also said to have made a secret plan with the three companies BLOCK AND STONZ LTD, KENZO LOGISTICS LIMITED, AND AL-KENZO LOGISTICS LTD to commit the offence and they therefore committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) of the money laundering Act 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same act.
All the accused persons pleaded not guilty and were granted bail in the sum of N50 million with one guarantor who must own a real estate property that is worth N50 million and also the accused must submit their international passport with the court so they won’t fly beyond the shores of the country.