Court Frees NIMASA Director, BOB-Nabena of Fraud Case

Spread the love

A Federal High Court, Lagos, has set free a Director with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Felix Bob-Nabena, discharging him of the charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

          Bob-Nabena and two others were set free upon an amended charge dated and filed before the court presided over by Justice Ayokunle Faji, on June 28 2019.

The NIMASA’s Director was, in a charge marked FHC/L/496C/15, dragged before the court in December 2015 by the EFCC with the former Director General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi and nine others on alleged offences bordering on corruption and fraud.

POST RECOMMEND FOR YOU   Niger Delta militants Names Five Republics Out of Nigeria

After hearing the amended charge on Friday, June 28, 2019, where the prosecuting counsel, R. Oyedepo and A. U. Mohammed unanimously urged the court to discharge Felix Bob-Nabena, Ekene Nwakuche and Al-Kenzo Limited the court took its decision to set them free.

          The EFCC legal team also urged the court to strike out the names of the three accused, a plea that was eventually granted by the Court. A fresh plea was subsequently taken by Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi, Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba as well as Captain Warredi Enisuoh.

       Responding to the withdrawal notice of the prosecution counsel, Mr. C. Ogbonna, counsel to Bob-Nabena, while commending the court for its decision expressed mixed feelings, noting that his client had been tormented, embarrassed, and emotionally tortured for the past four years on account of the referenced charges.

It would be recalled that the EFCC in December, 2015 arraigned the former Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, and nine others on a 40-Count charge.

POST RECOMMEND FOR YOU   Debriefed Female Lawyer Docked Over Alleged £484K Pounds Fraud

The charge was amended on February 22, 2017, with Akpobolokemi and five others, freeing four of the accused, before the last amendment on June 28, 2019 which led to the discharge of Felix Bob-Nabena.

Also Read

N3.2bn Fraud: Court Dismisses Kalu, Others’ ...   A Federal High Court, Lagos, today, dismissed a No-Case-Submissions, filed by a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to an all...
N3.2bn Fraud: Kalu, Others To Open Defence Tomorro...   A former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, will tomorrow open his defence before a Federal High Court, Lagos, on the alleged N4. 6...
Osun INEC Officials To Be Rearraigned Over N177.3m... The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will on November 29, rearraigned three Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Osun S...
N4.6 bn Fraud: ‘Statements Were Dictated To ... A banker, Mr. Iwejuo Nna Joseph, today, told a Federal High Court, Lagos, that all statements he wrote while being investigated over alleged N4.6 ...
NIMASA DG Speaks on African Maritime Conference, G... The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has given reasons why the country will h...

About Paul Sanusi, Lagos

The Street Reporters Newspaper is Nigeria's fastest growing grassroots and national news portal, with ever increasing reading audience across global communities. Do you have Breaking News for us? Call/WhatsApp: +2348175047979 Email: news@streetreporters.ng Read Breaking News: www.StreetReporters.ng Follow Us On: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/streetreporters/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/thestreetreporters/ Twitter: @StreetReporters Android APP: Play Store

Leave a Reply