Witness Narrates How He Collected 102m for NIMASA Executives


Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

One of the witnesses in the ongoing trial of an Executive Director, (Maritime Labour and Cabotage) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration Safety Agency (NIMAS), Mr. Calistus Nwabueze Obi, and the Personal Assistant to the former Director General of the agency (Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi), Mr. Alu Dismas, has told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos how his company received the sum of N102 million from the management without executing any contract.

The Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed this in a statement on Monday, said that the witness, Mr. Kolomi Mohammed, a Bureau de Change operator, made the disclosure when he was asked to explain the financial transactions which occurred on August 5, 2014 and January 21 and 22, 2015 between his company and NIMASA.

In those three days, Mohammed testified, it was discovered that a total sum of N102,000,000 was transferred from the account of Committee on Intelligence Gathering in NIMASA to the account of Kostan Mega Concept Limited, a company belonging to the witness.

He told the court that on August 5, 2014 one Sule Usaini, a colleague of his came to him with a business and asked for his company’s account number. He said after he gave Sule his company’s account number, there was a credit of N12, 000,000 which he subsequently converted into dollars and gave to Sule.

Also, he said, on the 21st and 22nd of January 2015 there was another transaction of N49,500,000 on each of those days from the account of Committee on Intelligence Gathering into his account and he gave the d ollar equivalent to Sule.