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Akpobolokemi Fraud Saga: Zenith Bank Staff Tells Her Story ...How Akpobolokemi, Others Shared Money


A manager with Zenith bank plc   and Prosecution Witness (PW 10), Rita Ifeadi  in ongoing trial of ex-Director General of  the Nigerian Maritime Safety and Administration Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpolobokemi and six others, today gave graphic account of how she struck deal with accused. Akpobolokemi was docked before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The ex-NIMASA boss was arraigned along with the following;  Captain Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan, and three companies, namely Blockz and Stonz Limited, Kenzo Logistics Limited and Al-Kenzo Logistic Limited, on a 22-count charge.The witness is a branch manager of the bank at Bar Beach, Lagos, was led in evidence by EFCC's counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, identified all the accused and some companies indicted in the alleged theft, narrated how she developed relationship with them in the course of performing her official duty as official of Zenith bank
     The banker who claimed to have 18 years experience in banking, said it was her official effort to get new customer for the bank that took  her to office of the accused to solicit for their patronage. She said, she visited all the necessary departments in the agency and also have audience with one of the accused, Captain  Agaba who promised to be of help. Ifeadi told the court that she was latter called by Captain Agaba for business, it was then the account for International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) committee was open. Speaking further, the witness said after opening the  account for the ISPS committee, there was inflow of monies to account from NIMASA adding that apart from ISPS committee account she open through the assistance of Captain Agaba, she also open another account for a company: Arrow World Consulting Ltd which was possible through the assistance of Captain Agaba and Ekene Nwakuche,.The witness told the court that after opening the company's account, there were also inflow of money into the account from NIMASA.         However, Ifeadi said  the accused were not signatories to Arrow World Consulting Ltd's account but one of them, Ekene Nwakuche, was the one operating it, by withdrawing monies and also transferring fund in it to others. The witness also mentioned others companies accounts open by different people but operated by the accused. Among the companies mentioned are Extreme Vitess Nig Ltd, Southern Offshore among others. She detailed how money transferred from NIMASA to the accounts were withdrew by the accused despite not being signatory to the account .She also told the court how bank transferred over 100 millions in a day to  a Beruea De Change. Further hearing in the epic trial has been adjourned till March 10 for continuation.

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