A Federal High Court in Lagos has deferred proceedings till November 21 to allow the plea bargain entered into by a former acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Haruna Jauro, who is facing trial over an alleged fraud of N304.1m, take root.
At the resumed hearing Monday, Jauro’s lawyer, Chief Babajide Koku (SAN), told the trial Judge that his client had decided to enter into plea bargain .
He told the court that Jauro has commenced a move to enter into plea bargain with the Federal Government.
Consequently, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of a Federal High Court in Lagos before whom the accused are being prosecuted adjourned till November 21, 2016 for a report on the plea bargain process.
Jauro and two others are being prosecuted for the alleged fraud.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, confirmed that the defendants had approached the anti-graft agency to explore the option of plea bargain.
Jauro, Dauda Bawa and Thlumbau Enterprises Limited were arraigned on 19 counts on April 12, 2016 by the EFCC.
Jauro assumed the leadership of NIMASA in 2015 following the sack of an erstwhile Director General of the agency, Patrick Apkobolokemi, who is now being prosecuted alongside others for alleged multi billion naira fraud in the agency.
The EFCC accused Jauro and others of conspiring among themselves to defraud NIMASA to the tune of N304.1m.
The accused were said to have acted contrary to Section 15(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012, and were liable to punishment under Section 15(3) of the same Act.The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts, following which they were admitted to a bail of N5m each with two sureties in like sum.