The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi and seven other staff of the agency, before Justice Salihu Sa’idu of the Federal High Court Lagos.
They were arraigned on a 30-count charge of conspiracy, fraudulent conversion of funds and money laundering.
Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren on Thursday, said they conspired to convert and launder several sums of money running into billions of naira under the guise of providing security intelligence around the Maritime domain.
A committee on intelligence was established by the agency under the watch of Apobolokemi with the second accused person, Captain Agaba as chairman.
The committee allegedly received a total sum of N1, 153,000,000 between December 2013 to July 2015.
The accused persons allegedly conspired and hired companies to help disburse the funds which investigation revealed were neither registered nor have requisite capacity to provide such services.
It was further discovered that most of the companies contracted were either nominated by the accused persons or are directly owned by them.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges read to them.
Justice Salihu admitted the first accused person to bail in the sum of N100,000, 000 and two sureties while the other accused persons were granted bail in the sum of N50, 000,000 each with one surety in like sum.
Justice Salihu adjourned the case to January 29, 2016 for the commencement of trial and ordered that the accused persons be remanded in Ikoyi prison pending when they meet the bail terms.