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Court adjourns theft trial of ex NIMASA DG to May 27


Lagos –  A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday fixed May 27 for continuation of trial of a former Director-General of Nigeria Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi charged with N2.6 billion theft.

Akpobolokemi is standing trial alongside Ezekiel Agaba, Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Juan, Blockz and Stonz Ltd and Al-Kenzo Logistics Ltd before Justice Ibrahim Buba.

They were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 22 counts bordering on conversion and theft of N2. 6 billion.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The case, which was fixed for continuation of trial, was on Tuesday adjourned at the instance of the first accused person.

When the case was called, counsel to the first accused, Mr Joseph Nwobike (SAN), informed the court of the ill health of his client.

He told the court that his client had complained of a feverish feeling but managed to be present in court.

He then prayed the court for an adjournment.

The judge, Buba, consequently fixed May 27 for continuation of trial.

In the 22-count charge, the accused persons were alleged to have converted N2.6 billion to their use between Dec. 23, 2013 and May 28, 2015.

The prosecution said the offences contravened sections 15 (1), 15 (3) and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2012.

The EFCC had called its 12th witness on April 18. (NAN)

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