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N3.7bn theft: Ex-NIMASA boss, others’ trial adjourned again

By Innocent Anaba

lagos—The prosecution of the immediate past Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Patrick Akpolobokemi and nine others before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on charges of theft of N3.700, 629 billion, has again been adjourned till March 22.

The matter was adjourned to rule on admissibility of a document tendered by a Compliance Officer with Zenith Bank Plc., Mr. Teslim Adekunle, who is a witness to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the trial of the former NIMASA DG and other accused persons.

At the hearing in the matter on Wednesday, Justice Saliu Saidu first ruled on the pending application, by granting the prayer of the prosecution to withdraw a document which it had tendered on Wednesday as exhibit.

But counsel to the accused persons led by Dr. Joseph Nwobike, SAN, had objected to the withdrawal of the document and urged the court to mark the document as ‘reject.’


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