By Innocent Anaba
Lagos—An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC witness, Mr Kanu Idagu, yesterday, narrated to a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, how committees set up by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA was used to launder money running into billions of Naira.
Idagu, an operative of EFCC, gave the evidence at the resumed trial of Patrick Akpobolokemi, a former Director General of NIMASA.
Akpobolokemi is standing trial alongside nine others on a 40-count charge bordering on the offence.
Others charged with him are: Captain Bala Agaba; Ekene Nwakuche; Felix Bob-Nabena; Captain Warredi Enisouh; Governor Juan; Ugo Frederick, Timi Alari and two companies; Al-kenzo Ltd and Penniel Engineering Services Ltd.
In the charge, the accused were alleged to have committed the offence between December 2013 and July 2015.
They were alleged to have converted over N3. 4 billion belonging to NIMASA, to their personal uses.
The offence is said to have contravened the provisions of sections 15 (1), (3), and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Amendment Act, 2012.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted bail by the court.
Led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mr Festus Keyamo, the witness, told the court that as head of the EFCC Special task force, he co-ordinates investigations, as well as carries out searches and arrest.
He told the court that the force received a petition in the last quarter of 2015, of some activities in NIMASA, during the period when Akpobolokemi was Director General.