Alleged N2.3 Bn Scam: How ex-NIMASA boss asked me to share N121million –Witness

Patrick Akpobolokemi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday presented the sixth witness in the ongoing trial of a former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, and five others for the alleged diversion of N2.3 billion.

Others are Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Ameche Juan, Blokz and Stonz Limited and Alkenzo Logistics Limited.

At the resumed hearing Tuesday, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, led in evidence one Uchenna Emenalo, younger brother to Emeka Emenalo, the owner of O2 Services Limited, the company that was allegedly used to divert part of the proceeds from the Committee on International Shipping and Ports Security in NIMASA.

Mr Emenalo told the court that he approached the third accused person, Ekene Nwakuche, as a former school mate to help him secure any contract that his brother’s company, O2 Services Limited, could handled.

The witness further disclosed that after his discussion with the third accused person, he was asked to provide their company’s name and account details.

The witness told the court how, between March 2014 and June 2015, O2 Services Limited, received about One Hundred and Twenty One Million which he personally disbursed based on instructions from the third accused person, Ekene Nwakuche.

The third accused persons provided him with different account number into which the said amount was paid.

When confronted with exhibit P17a and b, which are documents that supposedly emanated from O2 Services Limited as Contract Application Document and Invoices for payment, the witness said the signatures on the documents were neither his, nor his brother’s. Asked whether any of the contract awarded to his brother’s company were executed, the witnessed said ‘no’.

Earlier in his evidence, Mr Emenalo admitted that O2 Services Limited is into Agro Allied Products and lacked competence in security related services.

The witness also denied knowing any General Manager, Field Operations at O2 services Limited as the company is solely run by his brother.

During cross examination, Joseph Nwobike, SAN, counsel for the first accused person, asked the witness if he runs any business by himself to which he answered, no.

Mr. Emenalo also confirmed that Mr. Ekene told him that the contract was security related but that their company would be registered as RSO, Registered Security Organisation.

E.D Onyeke, counsel for the second accused person, asked the witness if in the statement he made to EFCC he mentioned the email address of his brother or the address of O2 Services Limited.

Mr. Emenalo said he only used his house address in his statement as he was not asked the office address. The witness also said the same thing when he was asked if he gave the EFCC a copy of his brother’s company letterhead.

When asked by Mr. Adio, counsel to Ekene, whether he benefitted from the money that was paid into O2 Services Limited account, Mr. Emenalo admitted receiving the sum of Six Hundred Thousand Naira for Logistics and bank charges.

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  • udemeobong

    all have sinned and come short of he glory of God. I say all have commited wickedness and come short of being called human being.

  • favourtalk

    That is how PDP nearly collapsed Nigeria system, with the way they were sharing our loots from right to left without any conscience, but nemesis has caught up with them. They will surely pay for all thier crimes

    • IZON Redeemer

      With Ibos and Yorubas——-Let him die unmourned–He is not worth the pity of the Ijaw Nation

    • Bidemi Lukman

      Nearly colapsed or colapsed?

  • IZON Redeemer

    shared money with the tripod-led by-Ibos ————-Yorubas ati——————-Fulanis—————————- while Ijaws were suffering in the creeks–of the Niger Delta–let him burn in hell—————–he has no pity in the soul of any Ijaw man or woman—bloody bastard!

    • Peter_Edo

      wow… you did not defend him? wow…

    • Paul Young

      But he is an OILY IZON MAN LIKE YOU, and he was appointed by your brother and fellow OILY IZON REDEEMER Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan. Are you telling me Jonathan wasn’t aware of his deeds? or he just chose to look the other way

      • IZON Redeemer

        He is a bloody bastard—no tears for him—————————–was he appointed to share money with the tripod——? The Fulanis Ibos and Yorubas? These are the mistakes that Ijaws often make-in Nigeria—————-from Jonathan to orubebe–all of them are the same——Alams was betrayed by the Yorubas and Ibos ati Fulanis he gave contract TO—-and at the expense of his Ijaw brothers—Now Boro is alos making the same silly mistakes with the Fulanis—that he is awarding contracts to—–in the amnesty scheme—————

    • Sir Demo

      It is really a betrayal! But I be Yoruba man and do not benefit a kobo from these criminals

  • Sir Demo

    These are really sickening! Just recover as much as possible and jail the criminals