I made withdrawals from funds NIMASA paid into my account —EFCC witness

17 February 2016, Lagos – An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, witness, Mr Emeka Emenalo, has told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos that he withdrew several sums of money from his company’s account within the period his account was credited by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.

*NIMASA.

*NIMASA.

The witness had earlier told the court that NIMASA transferred about N72 million to his account for services not rendered.

He had also testified that he did not benefit from the proceeds of the alleged crime.

But under cross-examination, yesterday, by counsel to 3rd defendants, Lanre Olayinka, the EFCC witness admitted making several withdrawals from the account. He explained that there were other cash in-flows into his account during the period.

Counsel to the 4th and 6th defendants, Ige Asemudara and Seni Adio, respectively, cross-examined him and queried the veracity of his testimony going by the transfers he made to his sister known as Ifeoma and brother, Uche Emenalo.

Examining his account statement which was tendered before the court as exhibit, the witness said he transferred N700,000 to his sister and N20 million to his brother on March 6, 2016 among other transfers.

The witness, who had introduced himself as sole proprietor of O2 services Plus Nig. Ltd, spoke at the resumed trial of the immediate past Director General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi and others.

Akpobolokemi and others were charged by EFCC alongside six others on 22 counts charge of conversion and theft to the tune of N2.6 billion.

Other accused are Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan and three companies, namely Blockz and Stonz Ltd, Kenzo Logistics Ltd and Al-Kenzo Logistic Ltd.

They are standing trial before Justice Ibrahim Buba and had all pleaded not guilty to the charges prffered against them. The EFCC said the alleged offences contravened the provisions of sections 15 (1), 15 (3), and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2012.

Earlier, Emenalo in his evidence in chief conducted by the prosecuting counsel, said that sometime in 2015, his younger brother, one Uche Emenalo, sought to use his company to undertake a contract from NIMASA.

He told the court that when he began to receive bank alerts, he informed his brother, who in turn informed the third accused.

Emenalo told the court that on June 18, 2015 he received an alert for N14.2 million and a further alert of N21 million.  On March 15, 2015 he received an alert for N21 million and on May 4, 2015 he received an alert for N16 million.

 

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