The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Friday failed to arraign a former Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Director – General Patrick Akpobolokemi over an alleged N8.5billion fraud.
He was charged afresh with the Chief of Logistics, Defence Headquarters, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Atewe, who was, until last year, the Commander of the Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The new charge pending before Justice Saliu Saidu of a Federal High Court in Lagos is the sixth that the EFCC would file against Akpobolokemi.
The arraignment was stalled after Akpolobokemi objected to the reading of the 11 counts charge because he was not served with the charge and proof of evidence. Akpolobokemi said he was not aware of the scheduled arraignment, adding that he left the hospital to attend his trial in another criminal charge before Justice Ibrahim Buba.