N136m fraud: Court convicts ex-acting NIMASA DG, defers sentence

N136m fraud: Court convicts ex-acting NIMASA DG, defers sentence

- A former acting DG of NIMASA, Calistus Obi, has been convicted by Federal High Court in Lagos

- Obi is being tried for an alleged N136 million fraud

A Federal High Court in Lagos has convicted Calistus Obi, a former acting director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) charged with N136 million fraud.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Obi on an eight-count charge.

Premium Times reports that the judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, in his ruling on Thursday, May 23, however, deferred sentencing to a later date.

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Recall that Legit.ng reported that Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered Calistus Obi to open his defence in a N136 million fraud.

The former boss of the NIMASA was arraigned alongside Alu Dismas, a former personal assistant to Patrick Akpobolokemi.

Justice Olatoregun gave the order after ruling on a no case submission filed by the defendant.

Olatoregun held that “the central issue to consider having gone through the submissions on all sides is whether there is no legally admissible evidence linking the defendants with the commission of the offence of conversion of money belonging to NIMASA.

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“Or that the evidence has been discredited by cross examination, or so manifestly unreliable that no reasonable tribunal or court can act on it as establishing the criminal guilt of the defendant.

“I cannot at this stage go into evaluation of the evidence before me or whether a particular document was wrongly admitted.

“The key question is whether those evidence can justifiably secure the conviction of the defendants.’’

Obi had in an earlier report by Legit.ng told the Federal High Court, Lagos, that he used part of the money to build his hotel located in Delta state.

However, he stated that he refunded the money after he was held by the EFCC.

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