A Bureau-de-Change operator, Wakili Daudu, told the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere, how the sum of N93.39 million was allegedly paid into his account by NIMASA without him bidding for any contract.
Daudu disclosed this on Monday in the ongoing trial of embattled former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi,
Patrick, was arraigned alongside six others, Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Goveror Amechee Jun, Vincent Udoye, Captain Adegboyega Olopoeni and a company, Gama Maine Nigeria Ltd.
Akpobolokemi, Captain Agaba, Nwakuche, Jun, Udoye, were alleged to have in the period of eight months, (October 30, 2014 and May 6, 2015) converted N346, 844,680 property of NIMASA released to them for the implementation of Voluntary International Maritime Organisation Member State Audit Scheme, VIMSAS, to their personal use.
The witness, who gave a testimony before Justice Raliat Adebiyi, said he was contacted by one Mohammed Darlington that his boss, Captain Ezekiel Agaba wanted some money changed into dollars. Daudu, was latter led to provide evidence by the anti graft agency counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, he also stated that on October 30, 2014, N35, 688,000 was paid into his account by Darlington who claimed to be working for the second defendant.
He further explained that on the same day the sum of N61, 394,680 was also paid into his account, adding that the said money was changed into dollars and handed over to Darlington.
Daudu said; “I don’t know anybody in NIMASA and I have never bided for any contract in NIMASA but millions of naira was paid into my account”
The matter has been adjourned till today May 10, for continuation of trial.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, adjourned a case against another former Director-General of the NIMASA, Raymond Omatseye, charged with N1.5 billion contract scam.
He is charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on a 27 count charge of alleged bid rigging and contract splitting. The judgment, which was originally fixed for Monday, was adjourned at the instance of the court to May 20.