Ex-NIMASA DG Patrick Akpobolokemi arrested by the EFCC


The former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, has been reportedly arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to a report by Premium Times, the former NIMASA boss was detained at the Lagos office of the anti-corruption agency.

NIMASA under Akpobolokemi was accused of funding the lavish lifestyles of some Niger Delta militants and bankrolling most of the hate campaigns against incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari during the run-up to the 2015 general elections.

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission accused the maritime agency in 2012, of failing to render its audited accounts from 2007 to 2011.

Some NIMASA staff also protested the personal management style of Akpobolokemi, alleging that from 2010, appointments, promotions and discipline took a new dimension that was not only dangerous but a path of total destruction of the system.

An official in the prosecution unit of the EFCC in Lagos, according the online newspaper, confirmed the development, saying: “I’m aware he is with us, but I don’t have details about the case against him or what investigators are asking him.”

TODAY unsuccessfully attempted to reach EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwajaren, but his mobile phone number was switched off.

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