Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested the immediate past Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi.
His arrest came barely two weeks after he was fired by the Federal Government.
According to PremiumTimes, Akpobolokemi was arrested in Lagos yesterday morning and detained at the Ikoyi office of the EFCC.
Quoting a NIMASA source, the medium said: “He was taken in this morning around 10 a.m. Some of our other officials have also been summoned while EFCC operatives have been conducting discreet investigation here. There is tension everywhere.
“One of our people just returned from EFCC and he told me the former DG is still there, sweating profusely as he was being questioned by investigators.”
The EFCC operatives allegedly asked Akpobolokemi questions about some curious multi-billion naira transactions he approved during the dying days of the last administration.
“For instance, they wanted to know how N13billion was spent on the acquisition of land for the permanent site of the Nigerian Maritime University in Delta.
“They also asked about other transactions they believed were fraudulent, including transfers of millions of dollars from NIMASA accounts to other accounts,” the source said.
The medium said an official in the prosecution unit of the EFCC in Lagos confirmed that Akpobolokemi had been arrested.
“I’m aware he is with us but I don’t have details about the case against him or what investigators are asking him,” said the official.
On July 16, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Akpobolokemi to hand over all government property in his possession and vacate his office.

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