THE SUN ONLINE========(EFCC) on Tuesday at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos filed a 40-count criminal charge of unlawful conversion against a Niger Delta militant, Government Ekpemupolo (alias Tompolo), and a former boss of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi.
They were alleged to have converted $108.7million and N2.1billion, being property of NIMASA,
knowing that the money was a proceed of stealing. Also charged were three others as well as five limiited liability companies.
The other accused are: Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, Odimiri Electricals Limited, Kime Engozu, Boloboere Property and Estate Ltd, Rex Elem, Destre Consult Ltd, Gregory Mbonu, and Captain Warredi Enisuoh.
The suit was filed on behalf of the EFCC by its prosecutor, Festus Keyamo. In 16 of the counts,
the agency alleged that Ekpemupolo, Akpobolokemi,
Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, Odimiri Electrical Ltd, Boloboere Property Estate, Kime Engozu and Simon John Adomene, who is at large, conspired between 2012 and 2014 to commit the offence, knowing that the money was a proceed of stealing.
In counts 17-38 of the criminal charge, Rex Elem, Gregory Mbonu and Destre Consult Ltd allegedly converted N106.8million, property of Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd, despite knowing that the money was derived from corruption.
The offences are contrary to, and punishable under the Money Laundering Act of 2012. Akpolobokemi is standing trial in two other Federal High Courts in Lagos for other offences.