Court Dismisses ‘No Case Submission’ By EX-NIMASA DG

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, Tuesday, ordered the former Acting Director General (DG) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Calistus Obi, to open his defence in an allegations of fraud leveled against alongside one Alu Dismas, a former personal assistant to ex DG of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
They were dragged before the court over allegation of fraud to the tune of N136m
Delivering ruling on the no case submission instituted by Obi and Dismas, the Judge held that there are legally admissible evidences against the defendants to warrant them to open their defence.
According to the Judge: “I have only the evidence of the prosecution, and of which no reasonable court or tribunal could rule without that of the defendants.
“I have taken a look at the evidences adduced by the prosecution, and I am satisfied that there are reasons for the defendants to open their defence. There is a primafacie case against the defendants.
“The no case submission of the defendants are accordingly overruled.”
The case was adjourned until March 24 and 27 for the defendants to open and close their defence.
It would be recalled that the anti-graft agency had dragged the former NIMASA boss and his co-defendant before the court over the allegation.
But they had pleaded not guilty to the charge and were accordingly granted bail in the sum of N5m each.
According to the charge, the defendants were alleged to have committed the offence on August 5, 2014.
Specifically, the defendants were said to have conspired to convert the said sum which is the property of NIMASA, and knowing same to be proceeds of stealing.
The commission insisted that the offence contravenes the provisions of section 15 and 18(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition (Amendment) Act, 2012.

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