A witness, Mr. Emeka Emelano, on Friday, told a Lagos Federal High Court, that his company was used as a channel to obtain about N72 million from Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.
The witness, who introduced himself as sole proprietor of O2 services Plus Nig Ltd, made the statement at the resumed trial of Ex-Director General of the agency, Dr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, and six others who are facing 22 counts charges bordering on allegations of conversion and theft to the tune of N2.6 billion.
Other accused charged are: Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan and three companies, namely Blockz and Stonz Ltd, Kenzo Logistics Ltd and Al-Kenzo Logistic Ltd.
They are facing trial before Justice Ibrahim Buba, and had all pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred.
In his evidence, Emelano told the court that his company specialises in agro allied services and gets remuneration for its services through its bank accounts and that sometimes in 2015, his younger brother, one Uche Emelano sought to use his company to elicit a contract from NIMASA.
Emelano further informed the court that on June 18, 2015 he received an alert for N14.2 million and a further alert of N21 million, on March 15, 2015 he received an alert for N21 million and on May 4, 2015 he received an alert for N16 million.
He said that he was thereafter, instructed to transfer the monies to bank accounts with beneficiaries named as Blockz and Stonez Ltd and Governor Juan.
Emelano said his company did not execute any contract for NIMASA to have necessitated payment of the various funds.
The witness added that he was also unaware of the nature of the contract for which his brother utilised his company’s account to obtain money from NIMASA.
Meanwhile under cross-examination by counsel to the third accused, Mr. Lanre Olayinka, the witness stressed that he did not enjoy any benefit from the sums paid into his account.
Olayinka then tendered a statement of account before the witness, and drew his attention to a cheque issued in his name for the sum of N100, 000.
In the 22-count charge, the accused were alleged to have converted to their use, a total of N2.6 billion between December 23, 2013 and May 28, 2015.
The offences were said to be contrary to and punishable under sections 15 (1), 15 (3), and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2012.

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