Tenth Prosecution Witness in the ongoing trial of former Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Safety and Administration Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpolobokemi and six others, Rita Ifeadi, on Wednesday gave account of how she struck deal with accused persons.
Akpobolokemi was docked before Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Lagos Federal High Court, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Akpolobokemi was arraigned before the court alongside; Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan, and three companies, namely Blockz and Stonz Limited, Kenzo Logistics Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistic Limited, on a 22-count charge.
Ifeadi, a branch manager of a new generation bank at Bar Beach, Lagos, while being led in evidence by EFCC’s counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, identified all the accused persons indicted in the alleged theft, narrated how she developed relationship with them in the course of performing her official duty.
The banker who claimed to have 18 years experience in banking, said it was her official effort to get new customers for the bank that took her to the office of the accused to solicit their patronage.
She said, she visited all the necessary departments in the agency and also have audience with one of the accused, Captain Agaba, who promised to be of help.
Ifeadi told the court that she was later called by Captain Agaba for business, it was then the account for International Ship and Port Security, ISPS committee was opened.
Speaking further, the witness said after opening account for the ISPS committee, there was inflow of monies to account from NIMASA.
Adding that apart from ISPS committee account she open through the assistance of Captain Agaba, she also opened another account for a company: Arrow World Consulting Limited which was possible through the assistance of Captain Agaba and Ekene Nwakuche.
The witness informed the court that after opening the company’s account, there were also inflow of money into the account from NIMASA. She however, stated that the accused were not signatories to Arrow World Consulting Limited’s account but one of them, Ekene Nwakuche, was the one operating it, by withdrawing monies and also transferring fund in it to others.
The witness also mentioned other companies accounts opened by different people but operated by the accused. The companies include, Extreme Vitess Nigeria Limited: Southern Offshore among others.
She detailed how money transferred from NIMASA to the accounts were withdrawn by the accused despite not being signatory.
She also told the court how the bank transferred over 100 millions in a day to a Beruea De Change.
The matter has been adjourned till March 10, for further hearing.