Judge Saliu Saidu of the Federal Supreme Court of the Nigerian city of Lagos ordered the definitive seizure of 815, 785 dollars belonging to the maritime firm ZAL Marine Limited.
Saidu granted the order after accepting a request from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which considered that amount the proceeds of illicit activities, indicates the newspaper Leadership Nigeria.
According to the lawsuit, the sum was stolen by the maritime company through some employees of the Agency of Security and Maritime Administration of Nigeria (Nimasa).
In an affidavit attached to the application and ordered by investigating officer Musbahu Yahaya Abubakar, a monumental fraud was alleged in Nimasa, and it is ensured that part of the proceeds of such fraud was transferred to ZAL Marine Limited.
Abubakar also claimed that the shipping company conspired with Nimasa employees Irene Macfoy and Emmanuel Chukwu Emeka to defraud the agency.
In addition, he alleged that Macfoy used his position as Director of the Development Program of Nigeria Sailors to facilitate the fraudulent transfer of almost two million dollars to an offshore account of Nimasa based in Switzerland.
In that case, the defendant used false pretexts of training of 54 students of Nautical and Maritime Engineering in March 2013.
According to the prosecuting attorney, of that amount, the 815,785 dollars were transferred without the approval of the State to the account in Nigeria that was now confiscated.
Likewise, it is argued that the mandatory value added tax and remittances to the federal government of Nigeria were illegally evaded.
Source: Hellenic Shipping News.