Wednesday, 20 January 2016

NIMASA Fraud : How 500 million was paid to fashion designer

A prosecuting witness testifying against the former Director General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi told the court how N546 million was paid into the account of a fashion designer named Chukwuemeka Benjamin for services that are not maritime related. Akpobolokemi and five others are standing trial before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court Lagos for N2.3billion fraud.
According to Premium Times, three witnesses presented so far before the court are Teslim Adekunle, a compliance officer with the Zenith Bank Plc, Chukwuemeka Benjamin and Usaini Sabo. While testifying on Monday January 18th, Adekunle told the court that between August and October 2015, his bank received nine requests from EFCC in respect of the accounts of some companies.
The companies are Southern Offshore Limited, Kenzo Logistics Limited, Extreme Vertex tex Nigeria Limited, Aroward Consulting Limited and Avant Guard Security Solution, Green Lemon Limited, Ace Prosthesis Limited, O2 Services Limited, Suco Global Limited and the Committee on International Shipping and Port Security (ISPS). He said money flowed into accounts of the aforementioned companies from the account of the “Committee on ISPS”.
The witness was shown a bundle of documents, which he identified as the request letters from EFCC, response from his bank, and the statement of accounts in question. In exhibit P10, the witness said on March 5th 2015, there was an inflow of the sum of N21,200,000 into the nine customers’ account from the Committee on ISPS. Adekunle also testified that on May 4th 2015, there was another inflow of the sum of N16,000,000 into same account from ISPS.
He also mentioned that another N21,200,000, was again paid into that same account but as at the time the last lodgment was made, there was a balance of only N1,404.93 in the account. When the witness was asked how the money earlier credited into that account was disbursed, he said on June 19, 2015, there was an outflow of the sum of N10,000,000 and N11,200,000 to the account of Uchenna Obi, domiciled at Diamond Bank.

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