A former Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Calistus Obi, has on Monday agreed that he stole part of the N331million belonging to the agency in a bid to build an hotel.
He confessed this during the cross-examination at his on-going trial over the before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos.
EFCC had on April 12, 2016, arraigned Obi, alongside Alu Dismas, a former P.A to the immediate past DG of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and two firms, before the court on an 8-count charge of converting N331 million belonging to agency for personal use.
While being cross-examined by the EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness, who was also a former NIMASA Executive Director, Maritime Labor and Cabotage Service, disclosed that he transferred part of the diverted money to a firm known as Seastroke International, which built an hotel for him in Asaba, Delta state.
He however claimed he has refunded the money when asked to do so by the EFCC. Further hearing in the matter has been adjourned to March 7 by 12noon.