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N754m fraud: EFCC promised not to prosecute me, witness tells court

By Henry Ojelu
AGOS—EKENE  Nwakuche, a former co defendant to embattled former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, in an N754 million theft case, Wednesday, told an Ikeja High Court that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, promised not to charge him to court.

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu during an interactive session with staff of the Commission to mark its 14th year anniversary.

Nwakuche and Akpobolokemi were charged alongside Ezekiel Agaba, Governor Juan, Vincent Udoye, Adegboyega Olopoenia and a company — Gama Marine Nigeria Ltd by the EFCC for fraud.

However during the trial, Nwakuche alongside two other defendants flipped and agreed to testify against his former boss, Ezekiel Agaba.

At Wednesday’s proceeding during cross examination by the 2nd defendant’s counsel, Edoka Onyeke, Nwakuche told the court that his boss, Agaba, was beside him at the EFCC office when he was writing his statement.

Nwakuche said: “My boss was beside me at the EFCC office while I was writing my statement. He was telling what to say. The EFCC promised not to charge me to court alongside my boss.”

Nwakuche however denied that the anti graft commission threatened him.


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