Margaret Ekong, a witness within the trial of the previous Director-Basic of the Nigeria Maritime and Administration Company (NIMASA) Patrick Akpobolokemi, has testified earlier than a Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Lagos.
She advised Justice Ayokunle Faji on Tuesday that the defendant and his administration workforce spent the company’s N18 million meant for intelligence gathering on therapeutic massage chairs for themselves.
Ekon additional defined that she had equipped three chairs to Akpobolokemi and he took supply of them.
In line with her, he took one to his home in Banana Island, one other to his mom’s home and the final one to his home in Delta State.
The witness additionally testified that the second defendant within the case, Captain Bala Agaba, took two chairs as nicely.
Agaba, who was on the NIMASA Directorate of Intelligence Gathering on the time, is serving a seven-year jail time period in relation to a different cost bordering on breach of belief.
Led in proof by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, Ekong reiterated that she submitted two corporations’ names for the contract as requested by the then-NIMASA administration.
The chairs, in accordance with her, have been equipped in 2013 and cost was made in 2014 after sequence of reminders.
When Oyedepo requested the witness the place she obtained cost for the chairs from, Ekong replied that it was from NIMASA including that funds voted for intelligence gathering was used to pay for them.
A ninth prosecution witness, Ekene Nwakuche, in his testimony additionally claimed that each one transactions be it money switch or withdrawal have been his duty.
Nwakuche stated he joined NIMASA in 2013 and was seconded as a Private Assistant to Agaba.
He advised the court docket that the Entry Financial institution department on the bottom ground of the NIMASA constructing in Apapa was the one the company used for transactions.
Justice Faji thereafter adjourned the case until November 29, 30, and December 1, for the continuation of trial.