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EFCC Opens Can Of Worms, Tells Court How Ex-NIMASA Boss Blew Stolen N2.6Bn

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos state, how the former Managing Director of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, spent the N2.6 billion he allegedly stole.

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Daily Post reports that Akpobolokemi, who is accused of defrauding the Federal Government a whooping sum of N795.2 million, had his day in court yesterday, January 18.

The former NIMASA boss was arraigned before Justice Ibrahim Buba alongside three others; Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan and three companies, namely Blockz and Stonz Limited, Kenzo Logistics Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistic Limited.

The anti-graft agency in its charge alleged that the accused persons converted a total of N2, 658, 957, 666 between December 23, 2013 and May 28, 2015 to their personal use.

The accused persons when asked to take their plea, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The EFCC in the commencement of the trial called its first witness, Teslim Ajuwon, a Compliance Officer at Zenith Bank. The witness is said to be responsible for enquiries from regulatory agencies like the EFCC, Police, NDLEA, among others.

Ajuwon reportedly told the court that he received enquiries from the anti-graft agency for a report of activities on some accounts.

He gave the accounts names as Aruwo Consulting Limited, Extreme Vertex Limited, Southern Options Limited, Green Lemon Services and Committee on ISPS, adding that the bank received a request to provide the account opening package of the companies as well as their financial statements.

Meanwhile, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and Government Ekpemupolo, a former Niger Delta militant, were docked on a 40-count criminal charge of unlawful conversion, on Tuesday, December 22 by the EFCC.

Reports say about $108.7 million and N2.1 billion property of NIMASA, allegedly converted by the pair were proceeds of theft.

Recall that Festus Keyamo, the EFCC prosecutor, filed the suit, FHC/L/5539C/15, in which 16 of the counts alleged that Ekpemupolo, Akpobolokemi, Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, Odimiri Electrical Ltd, Boloboere Property Estate, Kime Engozu and Simon John Adomene, who is currently at large, conspired amongst themselves between 2012 and 2014 to commit the offence, knowing that the two sums of money were proceeds of stealing.

The former NIMASA boss was re-arrested at the Federal High Court premises in Lagos by security agents on Monday, December 14 immediately his trial was adjourned to January 18, 2016 by Justice Ibrahim Buba.

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Youths are the problems of the youths, Says Nollywood Actor Charles Anwurum

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Youths are the problems of the youths, Says Nollywood Actor Charles Anwurum

Popular Nollywood Actor, Charles Awuru, has expressed that Nigerian youths are the problems youths in the country have.

The comic actor and director made this known in a video that has since gone viral on social media.

Awuru stated that the end SARS protest made him realize that the youths are the problem of the youths.

The actor pointed out that one section of the youths are protesting for a better Nigeria while others are looting and attacking fellow Nigerians.

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Ifa priests curse mob who stole Oba’s staff of office in Lagos (Video)

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Ifa priests curse mob who stole Oba's staff of office in Lagos

Local priests in Lagos have invoked spell on hoodlums that attacked the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Riliwan Akiolu.

Information Nigeria recalls that the monarch’s palace was on Wednesday invaded by hoodlums, carting away the king’s personal effects to include shoes, and his staff of office (Opa Ase).

But, in a video that has since gone viral, some ifa priests were seen laying a curse on the attackers of the monarch’s palace

 

The monarch on Friday October 23, gave the men 24-hour to return the staff of office.

Following the expiration of the ultimatum, traditional priests in the state gathered to rain curses on those involved in the looting.

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Lewis Hamilton reacts to Nigeria’s #EndSARS protest

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Lewis Hamilton reacts to Nigeria's #EndSARS protest

British racing driver, Lewis Hamilton has reacted to the recent end SARS protest against police brutality that rocked Nigeria.

Hamilton, who made the reaction on Twitter, stated that the recent events in Nigeria are a human rights crisis.

 

In his tweet, the British Formula 1 racer described the recent events in Nigeria as a human rights crisis, as he noted that it is the responsibility of everyone to educate and raise awareness about tragedies happening in the world.

Hamilton, who also shared a photo of himself rocking a black T-shirt with the inscription ‘#EndSARS’ and a map with the colour of the Nigerian flag on it, posted a link for people to sign up to demand an end to impunity for police brutality in Nigeria.

He wrote:

“We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and raise awareness of the tragedies happening in the world around us and take action where we can. The recent events in Nigeria are a human rights crisis. Hit the link to find out more #EndSARS.”

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