High court jails ex-NIMASA director seven years for N1.5bn fraud


A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos Nigeria, has convicted and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment, a former Executive Director of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Captain Ezekiel Agaba, for N1.5bn fraud.

Justice Ibrahim Buba, who handed down the verdict today, held that the EFCC proved the charges against Agaba “beyond reasonable doubt.”

Agaba was arraigned in December 2015 alongside a former DG of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolo-kemi, and two others for using two firms to siphon about N2.6bn meant for the implementation of International Ship and Port Security code at NIMASA.

The Court of Appeal has since discharged Akpobolo-kemi while the EFCC withdrew charges against two other defendants, leaving only Agaba.

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