SaharaReporters can report that on Monday the former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi, has once again been remanded to the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Mr. Akpobolokemi is accused of diverting N11 billion meant for the development of the proposed Nigeria Maritime University, Kurutie, Warri South Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State to his personal account and the accounts of his associates.
The arrest comes on the heels of the adjournment of Mr. Akpobolokemi’s trial for his alleged involvement in another fraud scandal, to the tune of N2.3 billion along with 5 other individuals.
The former DG’s most recent arrest was made as new evidence against him emerged showing that he diverted and stole N11 billion to himself and his associates. According to the EFCC, Mr. Akpobolokemi gained approval from former National Security Advisor (NSA) Sambo Dasuki to receive N13 billion for the development of Nigeria Maritime University. Mr. Dasuki has been at the center of an intense investigation over the past several months over arms contract scandals and money laundering offenses.
Mr. Akpobolokemi transferred more than N11 billion to a company owned by Mr. Oweize Ekpemopolo (A.K.A Tompolo). After this transfer, the amount of N6 billion was diverted into the account of one of Mr. Akpobolokemi’s associates.
In addition, more than N800 million was placed into Mr. Akpobolokemi’s personal account. The monies were originally intended for the Voluntary International Maritime Organisation Members State Audit (VIMSAS).
According to the EFCC, the former DG is currently being “quizzed by investigators”.
Today’s arrest of Mr. Akpobolokemi was caught on camera. The below footage shows Mr. Akpobolokemi attempting to resist his arrest by law enforcement officers.