Former Commander of Operation Pulo Shield Re-arraigned for Fraud

A former Commander of the military Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, in the Niger Delta, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Atewe (retd.), had his day in court on Monday, for an alleged fraud of N8.537bn.
He was re-arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on 22 counts before Justice Saliu Saidu of a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The retired military officer was re-arraigned alongside a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi.
Others standing trial with Atewe and Akpobolokemi are Kime Engozu and Josephine Otuaga.
The defendants were first arraigned on May 27 on 11 counts but the EFCC amended the charges to 22, leading to their re-arraignment on Monday.
Atewe, Akpobolokemi and the others were accused of siphoning N8.5bn from NIMASA sometime in 2014 using six companies.
The companies allegedly used by them to divert the money were listed as Jagan Trading Company Ltd, Jagan Global Services Ltd, Al-Nald Ltd, Paper Warehouse Ltd, Eastpoint Integrated Services Ltd and De-Newlink Integrated Services Ltd.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
The case was adjourned till February 3 and 20, 2017 for trial.

Author: News Editor

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