The ongoing trial of former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpolokemi has claimed the job of a branch manager of a Nigerian bank after she was sacked for testifying in court.
Former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpolokemi
A branch manager of Zenith Bank Plc has been sacked for testifying in a fraud case involving a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpolokemi.
This revelation was made by another employee of the bank, Brenda Ihekoromadu, who appeared as a witness in the ongoing trial of Akpolokemi.
Miss Rita Ifeadi, was sacked for alleged forgery.
It was gathered that Ifeadi, who was the manager of Zenith Bank’s branch at Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, had on March 3, 2016 appeared as a prosecution witness before Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos, where Akpobolokemi and five others were facing trial for an alleged fraud of N2.6bn in NIMASA.
Ifeadi had, in her testimony before Justice Buba at the Federal High Court on March 3, narrated how some accounts were opened in her branch of Zenith Bank in the name of NIMASA’s contractors but operated by the employees of the agency.
She gave graphic details how she opened an account for NIMASA and met one of the defendants, Capt. Ezekiel Agaba, who was an Executive Director at NIMASA, asking him whether the agency needed to open any account.
One of the accounts she later opened a corporate account opened in the name of Aroward Consulting Services to which Philip Enuesike and Ima Udo were signatories.
She, however, said she never set eyes on the signatories, adding that the cheque book for the account was received by Agaba’s aide, Ekene Nwakuche, who she claimed came at several times to withdraw N3m.
Meanwhile, a bureau de change operator, Wakili Daudu, told Justice Raliat Adebiyi on Monday how through one Mohammed Darlington he helped Agaba to change N93.3m to US dollars.
Daudu, who spoke through an interpreter, said, “I don’t know anybody in NIMASA and I have never bid for any contract in NIMASA but millions of naira was paid into my account.”
The matter has been adjourned till today for continuation of trial.