N2.3bn Scam: EFCC Presents Tenth Witness Against Akpobolokemi, Others
Akpobolokemi is standing trial, alongside five others, before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on a 13- count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing and fraudulent conversion of funds, to the tune of N687, 294, 680 (Six Hundred and Eighty Seven Millions, Two Hundered and Ninety Four Thousand, Six Hundered and Eighty Naira). His co-accused persons are: Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba; Ekene Nwakuche; Governor Amechee Juan; Vincent Udoye, Captain Ade Sahib Olopoenia and Gama Marine Nigeria Ltd.
Ifeadi began her testimony by identifying all the accused persons in the dock as well as three other companies, Aroward Consulting Limited, Avant Guard Security Solution and Southern Offshore Limited. She told the court that she met the second accused person: Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba in the course of her marketing duty as a banker. Agaba later gave her the ISPS account.
The witness also told the court that apart from the ISPS account, Agaba gave her the account of Aroward Consulting Limited: one of the companies that was allegedly used to launder part of the N2.3bn by Akpobolokemi and his co- accused.
All the account opening packages in respect of Aroward Consulting Limited, Avant Guard Security Solution, Extreme Vertex Nigeria Limited and Southern Offshore Limited were identified and confirmed by the witness when she was confronted with same.
Ifeadi also identified Ekene Nwakuche as the one who received money on behalf of Aroward Consulting Limited. She confirmed an earlier testimony of Olamide Ogunsanya, an Assistant Director with NIMASA that told the court that Nwakuche collected a sum of N3,000,000( Three Million Naira only) in eight tranches. She added that Nwakuche used counter cheques to withdraw the money.
Other companies that benefitted from the ISPS account, according to Ifeadi, include Gidoga BDC and Coades Oil and Gas. She further said that Nwakuche and Governor Ameche Juan are the only two individuals in charge of the account of Aroward Consulting Limited. Additionally, Ifeadi confirmed the transactions between Extreme Vertex Nigeria Limited and Kofar Fada Nigeria Limited as testified by PW7 and 8.
Justice Buba adjourned the matter to 10 March 2016 for continuation of cross- examinations