Akpobolokemi, ex-Army General diverted N1.8bn NIMASA funds – Witness

A banker, Teslim Ajuwon, on Tuesday narrated to a Federal High Court in Lagos how a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and a Major General in the Nigerian Army, Emmanuel Atewe, allegedly connived to siphon N1.8bn from the coffers of NIMASA within two week in the month of September 2014.


Atewe, now retired, was the then Commander of the military Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, in the Niger Delta.

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Ajuwon appeared in court as a witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which is prosecuting Akpobolokemi, Atewe, Kime Engozu and Josephine Otuaga for an alleged fraud of N8.5bn perpetrated in NIMASA between September 5, 2014 and May 20, 2015.

The EFCC arraigned the accused on 11 counts before Justice Saliu Saidu in June.

It was the sixth fraud charge that the EFCC pressed against Akpobolokemi and others, following his removal as the DG of NIMASA by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In the instant charge, the EFCC claimed that Akpobolokemi, Atewe, Engozu and Otuaga conspired among themselves to siphon N8.5bn out of NIMASA using six companies.



  1. How many more witnesses do you need to put these guys in Jail? Tired of hearing this nonsense. Very soon that Judge too will excuse himself from the case after a bribe has been paid. Banana Republic indeed. Only Buhari is fighting his own war. others are just looking.

  2. Mama Peace was the bank manager and Akpobolokemi the cashier. The manner all this investigations and trials are conducted without Mama Peace tells me they most have taken a serious oath with people’s head.

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