Fashion designer reveals how he got over N500m for doing nothing

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Startling revelations were made during the trial of Patrick Akpobolokemi, ex-Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and five others.

A fashion designer, Chukwuemeka Onuoha, revealed to the court, how his company, Extreme Vertevex Limited was used to launder N546,802,000.

Onuoha said he did not submit any proposal for a contract, neither did he tender a quote.

The fashion designer also said the money was lodged into his account by his childhood friend- Ekene Nwakuche, who works with the maritime agency.

Onuoha disclosed that he had earlier approached Nwakuche to help him get contracts, adding that the NIMASA staff just asked if he had a registered company and corporate account.

He said after that, he received N21,802,000,  N318m and N207m, on August 2014, November 6, 2014 and November 25, 2014 respectively, into his bank account.

Startled, the fashion designer asked what the lodgements were for, and he was told by his friend to standby for further instructions.

Justice Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos adjourned further hearing in the matter till February 2, 5, 16 and 19, 2016.

Patrick Akpobolokemi and ex-Niger-Delta militant, Tompolo have been accused of defrauding NIMASA of N13b.

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