N156.4m ‘fraud’: Ex-NIMASA DG re-arraigned after 4-year trial

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Four years after he began for allegedly N156.4million, a former Director-General the Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Haruna Jauro, faced re-arraignment yesterday for the same offence.

Jauro, Dr Dauda Bawa and a firm, Thlumbau Enterprises Ltd, were again brought by the and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before the Federal High (FHC) in .

According the EFCC, sum N156.4m was stolen NIMASA, on or about January 6, 2014, in , contrary section 18(a) the Money Laundering Prohibition (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) the same Act.

Each defendant pleaded guilty a 19-count charge before Justice Chuka Obiozor.

EFCC counsel, Mr. Usman , applied for a date for commencement of and to an order remanding the defendants in correctional custody.

But defence counsel, Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN), opposed him.

Ojo prayed the to allow the defendants continue on the N5million bail granted them four years ago.

In a ruling, Justice Obiozor granted Ojo’s bail request and adjourned till March 17, 2021 for commencement of .

The defendants were first arraigned for the alleged offence on April 12, 2016, but before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, also of the FHC.

They pleaded guilty, were granted N5m bail and trial commenced with the EFCC calling 16 witnesses.

But proceedings were halted long after the fixed a date for the adoption of addresses, when Justice Olatoregun retired in November 2019.

The case was then re-assigned to Justice Obiozor.

The Nation