‘Security operatives manhandle, re-arrest ex-NIMASA DG in court’

Patrick Akpobolokemim former NIMASA Boss

Security operatives whisked away the former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, from the Federal High Court, Ikoyi on Monday.

One of the counsel to the embattled former NIMASA boss, Wilson Ajuwa, made this known to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview.

Mr. Ajuwa said he feared for Mr. Akpobolokemi’s life.

The legal practitioner said the ordeal of the former NIMASA boss started shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari took over power.

“For some reasons, he has been under investigation for the last six months since President Muhammadu Buhari came into power,” Mr. Ajuwa told PREMIUM TIMES.

“He has been going to the EFCC back and forth and all sort of things are happening. The EFCC has invited the wife, his brothers and maltreated them.

“Eventually, they charged him to court before Justice Salihu Sa’idu on a 30 count charge and penultimate Friday while he was in their custody; they charged him again before Justice Mohammed Buba, all of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos.

“Both courts granted him bail after he was remanded in Ikoyi Prisons for seven days. His trial was supposed to start last week Tuesday but the court was adjourned for today.

“While we were in court, they filed a 2000 page proof of evidence and the counsels were unable to review the document and prepare their defence.

“The judge was averse to a prolong adjournment but decided to give the defence the benefit of the doubt by adjourning further hearing on the matter till January 18, 2016.”

Just as the former NIMASA boss stepped out of the courtroom, Mr. Ajuwa said persons suspected to be SSS operatives appeared with a detachment of policemen and beat up Mr. Akpobolokemi.

He said the operatives used force to re-arrest his client even then he had secured bails from two different court where he was charged by the Federal Government.

“It took us seven days to perfect the bail in both courts and so he is under two bails at the time they took him away,” he told this newspaper.

Asked if the government prosecutors had sought to squash the bails granted Mr. Akpobolokemi during the court sitting, Mr. Ajuwa responded in the negative.

Already, he said the matter had been reported to Justice Buba and a motion filed for the former NIMASA boss to be produced in court on Tuesday.

“With the way they treated him, we don’t know whether the man is alive or not. They beat him thoroughly before bundling him into their vehicle. The video is there for people to see,” Mr. Ajuwa said.

Mr. Akpobolokemi and seven other staff of the agency were arraigned on December 3, before Justice Salihu Sa’idu of the Federal High Court, Lagos on a 30-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraudulent conversion of funds and money laundering.

The other accused persons include Eziekiel Agaba, an executive director; Ekene Nwakuche; and Felix Bob-Nabena.

Others were Warredi Enisuoh, Governor Juan, Ugo Frederick, Timi Alari, Alkenzo Limited and Penniel Engineering Services Limited.

The accused persons allegedly conspired to convert and launder several sums of money running into billions of naira under the guise of providing security intelligence around the maritime domain.

A committee on intelligence was established by the agency under the watch of Mr. Apobolokemi with the second accused person, Mr. Agaba, as chairman.

According to one of the charges, Mr. Akpobolokemi conspired with the rest of the accused persons to commit the offense, which is punishable under the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of 2012.

After listening to the charges, the accused persons pleaded not guilty.


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  • share Idea

    That is Chanji people voted for. We are waiting to see where this drama ends

    • Abdullah Musa

      In justice and better Nigeria we pray.

  • onenigerian2014

    We don enter one chance proper!!!

  • 1MASK01

    I didn’t really took time to understand what the charges are against the former DG, but whatever it is I believe due process should be followed. if the man has secured his bail after meeting the conditions and has not breached his bail terms, then he should be allowed to enjoy his bail. Even if the prosecution wants to arraign him for another offence there are procedures to follow and to the best of my knowledge that does not include beatings and bundling up.
    If you want to obtain justice from the courts then you should do justice too.

  • Peter_Edo

    That is what is called RESISTING ARREST!

  • eclub

    The southerners are operating in a civil environment, oblivious to the fact that Buhari is at war. Either southerners have finally turned cowardly, or they have to find a way to enjoin…or stop this. IBB did it, no reason why southerners can’t.

    We are not in a democratic setting. The man is a brutal dictator, and he is laughing at you.

  • Hon. Apostle

    Mr man, ur experience is same wit d ordinary man in nigeria. U re such a kind of “men of yesterday”. It’s ur season, enjoy it.

  • terry

    i think buhari should call this dss to order. this is unbecoming of civilian rule. they should remember power is transient . the way things is going by 4yrs time, only God knows what will become of Nigerien’s young democracy.

  • Spoken word

    Lol he was carried into the bus like farm animal.this time last year he was sipping on champagne and rolling in PJ’s.see life.

  • Reason-ability

    Watched this court outing on Channels. Did not see the man being beaten thoroughly like the lawyers said. I saw him being bundled into the bus though.

  • Emmy

    So what should have been done when he resisted arrest? Should he have been left just like that. His lawyer that ought to have adviced him not to resist arrest is the one shouting murder. Biko, make the guy go answer sort himself out

  • justice uloko

    I think what the DSS did there is the right way to do it. I am fully in support of that

  • Hon. Isaac

    Those who fed fat and allowed 99% of Nigerians to surfer hunger and deprivations because of their proximity to the power that once be, does not deserve pity at all! We have been under pressure, it’s time for them to be under double pressure and pain. No time for sentiments. Currently the Brazilians are on the streets to battle corruption so are the South Africans, we must learn to fight together with pub against all persons that had held this great nation bound these years, Christians or Muslim, northerner or southerner. Evil must now end in Nigeria!!!! 1

    • Darlington

      Fight against corruption should follow due process. This is pure dictatorship and abuse of human rights.

      • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

        DasukiGate: Buhari Collected $300,000 Compensation From Dasuki.

        The Investigation on the $2.1billion arms purchase funds given to the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki rtd have revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari was among those that benefited for the Security spending.

        According to Dasuki’s office, alleged that General Muhammadu Buhari collected $300,000 initial payment as compensation over Boko Haram’s attack on him. His Bullet proof car that worth Millions was also replaced with new ones by Dasuki.

        President Buhari benefited from the alleged diversion of Arms budget by Dasuki with Newspapers owners, whose Business was disrupted by both Boko Haram attacks and the Military seizing their Newspapers or disrupting their distribution channels.

        President Buhari was also alleged to have received 5 bullet proof Jeeps from Sambo Dasuki valued over N500million without the approval of the Presidency.

        • Akiika

          Even if you repost these lies 100 times per minute, folks will only browse through it and let you enjoy you infantile tirade.

      • Smarty

        What is not due about the process. Why is he resisting arrest, is he too big to be arrested.

  • Darlington

    Buhari is trying to set Nigeria on fire! Is this how to fight corruption without due process? Two Courts of competent jurisdiction have granted him bail, why re-arrest him again? Niger-Delta militants will soon go back to the creeks if care is not taken. I am in support of anti-corruption fight not injustice, impunity and abuse of human rights which has become the hallmark of DSS. Ijaw nation will soon rise up to defend its own.

  • evidence

    Buhari has taken is back to the dark days of 1983, arresting someone that ‎is innocent until proven guilty like a common criminal and without an arrest warrant  even after the court granted him bail is full blown dictatorship. 

    • Paul Young

      my brother while theres no excuse for this act please stop blaming every bad thing on Buhari. Is it in buhari’s tenure police and SSS started kidnapping people in the name of arrest? the only difference between then and now is that back then it was the commoners like me and u who were bundled away like common criminals at d slightest unproven accusation while now same is happening to politicians who may or may not have stolen

      • evidence

        What is the connection between kidnapping and arresting someone that the court granted bail and no arrest warrant was issued against him? Has Daura secret service under buhari’s watch turned to kidnappers? This is the same way buhari hounded political opponents in the 80’s. Buhari is now the judge, jury and executioner.

        • Paul Young

          This is the problem with we nigerians. like i said what happened is inexcusible and theres no place for this kind of behavior in a democracy. HOWEVER since i was born and believe me i have been on earth a long time, this is EXACTLY what police, DSS, and army have been doing, since i was born brother. This behavior has nothing to do with buhari. Hundreds of people were arrested like this under GEJ’s govt. d only difference is you didnt get to see that in the news because they were not rich politicians. This isnt a today matter at all. Has absolutely nothing to do with buhari. Lets call a spade a spade. When soldiers seized newspapers going out for distribution and beat up d vehicle drivers and newspaper vendors during GEJ’s tenure what did you say? Did u blame him? As for court granting him bail, that doesnt mean he cant be arrested on seperate charges.

          • OdeyPeter Odo

            Don’t mind them. Some of these Nigerians have been so looted that they have lost their sense of reasoning. Everything is attributed to witch hunting. Yes let the witches and wizards be hunted down. We do not need them in this society. Time for change is now… and change does not come easy.

        • Smarty

          He should not be resisting arrest in the first place from a lawful authority, that’s what civilised people do. Also there is no need for an arrest warrant, as far as there is reasonable suspicion a crime has been committed, for questioning, etc are all good reasons to arrest him. If our leaders are resisting arrest, then what do you expect the masses to do.

          • growthengine

            Seriously, no need for an arrest warrant?, what does the constitution say, or what law are we governed by. Everyone should be arrested based on reasonable suspicion. This is Idi amin style. After being granted bail? Where is the justice.

          • evidence

            Mindless followers like you are even worse than buhari because you continue to cheer him on while he commits atrocities. How can you defend such arrest without arrest warrant in a democracy? Where does resisting arrest come in when no court gave order to arrest him?What kind of thinking faculty people do like you have? ‎

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    What else do u expect from the Fulani Tuaregs and Yoruba traitors in power-? Blame the Ijaw elites for the mess—because they took things for granted—–Never envisaged that such a day will come-when police officers will be bribed by Buhari to beat up an Ijaw man in court¨è Yet the Ijaws say they still want to remain in their Nigeria–animals –if the Ijaw had studied the lives of Zebulon Abule–Isaac–Boro-Chief Banigo—Pere Ajuwa—-Late Alams, Tompolo and-Jonathan –They would have been more careful with the rest of Nigeria–the Fulani Tuaregs—Yorubas and Ibos—-See the level of hatred against a man whose resources was used to create Nigeria being spat upon by Fulani or Tuaregs——-

    The Arabic meaning of the Tuaregs or Fulanis in Aso Rock, is the tribe that has been (forsaken by God)–Akpos is an Ijaw man—————–hence the treatment meted out to him-by the Fulanis-He was beaten by the police————–in the premises of a court–by Buhari and his Gestapo-Bastarads who have not contributed anything towards the development of Nigeria since 1914. Are now taking laws into their hands————-How much of the money used in the entire Nigeria, came from their Fulani North even before 1960————–These are foreigners who migrated from Chad–Sudan–Senegal and Mali. Now in power beating humans up while animals like Soyinka and Falana among other NGOS keep quiet–Because their Nigeria is longer in the hands of an Ijaw man–Jonathan. Sadly the same people being tried by Buhari–led by Dasuki saw Buhari also take more than 2b out of the said money——-So who is going to put Buhari in the dock—The ijaw Nation? Separation is the only answer–with—attachment to any——————

  • time for buhari to go is now

    DasukiGate: Buhari Collected $300,000 Compensation From Dasuki.

    The Investigation on the $2.1billion arms purchase funds given to the former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki rtd have revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari was among those that benefited for the Security spending.

    According to Dasuki’s office, alleged that General Muhammadu Buhari collected $300,000 initial payment as compensation over Boko Haram’s attack on him. His Bullet proof car that worth Millions was also replaced with new ones by Dasuki.

    President Buhari benefited from the alleged diversion of Arms budget by Dasuki with Newspapers owners, whose Business was disrupted by both Boko Haram attacks and the Military seizing their Newspapers or disrupting their distribution channels.

    President Buhari was also alleged to have received 5 bullet proof Jeeps from Sambo Dasuki valued over N500million without the approval of the Presidency. Why is Premium Times hiding this story-? Because thief Buhari is involved abi

  • List of Nigerian thieves

    Oluesgun Obasanjo – He stole $25 billion from 1999-2007 ($16.4 from power sector alone)
    Ibrahim Babangida – He stole $15 billion from 1985-1993 ($12.4 billion from oil wind fall in 1990)
    Abdulsalam Abubakar – He stole $9 billion from 1998-99
    Sani Abacha – He stole $7 billion from 1993-1998
    Ahmed Bola Tinubu – He stole and continues to steal from Lagos State treasury since 1999 till date. It’s estimated that he has stolen $6 billion so far.
    TY Danjuma – He fraudulently got enriched through oil blocks from the Niger Delta worth $20 million in the 70s after the counter coup. Those oil blocks worth billions of dollars in today’s value.
    Sanusi Lamido Sanusi – He stole $1.2 billion as CBN Governor from 2008-2014.
    Bukola Saraki – Through his father, Olukola Saraki, their bank, Societe Generale and as a governor of Kwara State (2003-20111) he stole $1.1 billion
    Nasir El Rufai – Before he was made the FCT Minister, El Rufai was broke, homeless and was looking for loan to import taxis from the UK. After he was made the minister, he seized landed properties that belonged to Nigerians and resold them with huge profit. It’s estimated that he stole $1 billion from 2003-2007.
    Tunde Fashola – He is the poster boy of Tinubu. Boht of them looted Lagos dried and left it in debt of about N1 billion. Fashola, among other thing built his personal website for N78 million, drilled borehole for over N100 million per each and built a kilometre road for N1 billion. He stole $900 million from 2007-2015. He’ll soon be a minister to continue the looting.
    Chubike Rotimi Amaechi – From 2007 to 2015, he stole $700 million and $150 million from that money was used to sponsor Buhari and APC.
    Atiku Abubakar – When he as asked by our reporter how he made his money, he simply said “he was always at the right place at the right time.” Atiku is an astute businessman, but through shady deals, he stole $500 million from 1999-2007.
    James Ibori – He stole $150 million from 1999-2007 as governor of Delta State. He’s serving his term for money laundering in the UK.
    Amina Mohammed – This woman was the founder of Afri-Project Consortium (APC) that was in charge of all PTF Projects during Abacha’s regime. About $125 million was stolen from PTF accounts from 1994-1998. Buhari has just nominated the same woman as a minister to continue to stealing….

    • OdeyPeter Odo

      Jonathan would have prosecuted all the above named. But he chose to outdo them in the act of stealing. Let the change continue to blow. When PDP comes back to power, let them probe Amaechi, Fashola, Tinubu and co.

  • mkbell35

    There must be a change for better future.

    Nigerian’s, we haves suffered enough as a result of
    corruption and as a result of bad leaders with selfishness act, they don’t have
    peoples mind.

    No one have the right to fight an authority, as a leader
    himself he should have not resist arrest in any way. Ibori was rearrested by UK
    police and he will face more when he completes his 13years jail.

    You cannot handle the change in Nigeria with democracy it is
    not fit for us yet.

    See because most of our leaders didn’t work hard enough to get
    their position so they don’t value it. Please! Please!! Please!!! Let us
    support this change corruption must be control and killed in Nigeria.

    China becomes the richest country today; they don’t take it
    lightly on corruption.

    Corruption has messed Nigeria up the judiciary is in mess,
    corruption is written everywhere.

    We have missed this opportunity before and we are paying for
    it now and recall million and zillion of Nigerian loss their life.

    If you don’t want to be victim of Kidnapping, armed robbery,
    419’s, Accidents.

    Corruption has given birth to Kidnapping, armed robbery,
    419’s, Accidents.

    Please let us support this fight, what is the point of
    making money and you cannot enjoy it.

    PMB went in to prison 84/85 when they were overthrown by deceivers.

    There must be a change for better future.

  • ade

    @ IZON MAN, your comments are no longer relevant to the Nigerian project topic. Buhari is not a dog like your sponsors and will never eat unclean food.

  • Analyst

    With the way Buhari is treating Nigeria. I don’t see any Nigeria president handing over to opposition in coming years or century. You are telling people it is wrong to hand over to opposition. It is well.

    • OdeyPeter Odo

      If they do not hand over peacefully, Nigerians will revolt against them. And of course, this will keep all incubents on check. They will now act within the law, and stop this alledged blind looting of the treasury.

  • Very Proud Oily IZON Redeemer

    Below are his explanation on the reasons why he granted Chief Raymond Dokpesi bail.

    1. He granted Chief Dokpesi Bail but with conditions.
    Two sureties in the sum of N200m each.
    One must be a serving or retired civil servant (director level).

    2. He put the EFCC on notice that he was already looking at some errors in their case and warned them in advance.
    For instance he wondered how they intend to prove that Dokpesi laundered govt money when he was charged alone…since he is not a govt employee.
    He also wondered how they could have asked him to deny Dokpesi bail because “the issue was one of national security which related to the diversion of money meant for arms, which led to the deaths of soldiers” when in the 6 count charge NOTHING of the such was mentioned.

    3. He asked the lawyers to file an application for the media houses who have been leaking confidential documents about the case and promised to make an example out of a few to deter others.

    4. He was unequivocal when he mandated that on no grounds should the EFCC re-arrest Dokpesi on any other matter while on bail. That he knows their (EFCC) rascality and he is putting them on notice that if they need Dokpesi, they should invite him by writing through his lawyers and give 48hrs notice. Dokpesi can only be questioned between the hours of 10am and 6pm and that should not be abused. If they want to question him outside these hours they should write to the court specially.

    Finally, he was crystal clear about how keen the courts are to fight corruption, but stressed that it would not make any sense to attempt to do so through corrupt processes. –

  • Niyi Akinlabu

    I’m loving this new Sherif in town!