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Drama as EFCC operatives bundle Akpobolokemi, ex-NIMASA DG, into waiting bus

Drama as EFCC operatives bundle Akpobolokemi, ex-NIMASA DG, into waiting bus
December 14
18:10 2015
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Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) re-arrested Ziakedi Akpobolokemi, former director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), outside the premises of the federal high court in Lagos on Monday.

The arrest came moments after his trial over alleged N2.6bn fraud was adjourned till January 18.

He was walking towards his car in the company of his lawyers when the officials accosted him and an argument ensued.

“I am not going anywhere,” he screamed on top of his voice, as he struggled with them.

With the support of armed mobile policemen, the operatives overpowered Akpobolokemi and bundled into a white Toyota Hiace bus.

His phone fell on the ground while he was being dragged, as Joseph Nwobike, his lawyer, watched helplessly.

He was released from prison custody on Friday after fulfilling a bail condition of N50 million.

The anti-graft agency preferred a 22-count charge bordering on conversion and stealing against Akpobolokemi and five others.

After pleading not guilty to the charge, they were granted bail in the sum of N50 million each, with two sureties each in like sum.

Akpobolokemi is also standing a trial over alleged N3.4bn fraud charges before Saliu Saidu, a justice of the same court.

The trial has been adjourned till January 29.

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