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Alleged Money Laundering: Court adjourns ex-NIMASA’s DG’s trial

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A Federal High Court in Lagos, Wednesday adjourned till November 3, 4 and 5, for further hearing in the alleged money laundering trial of a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi and four others.

Justice Ayokunle Faji fixed the date following the absence of one of the defense counsels, E. D. Onyeneke.

Onyeneke is counsel to second defendant, a former Executive Director with NIMASA, Ezekiel Bala Agaba, who is serving a seven-year jail term for money laundering.

Onyeneke applied for the adjournment through the court registrar, on the ground that documents vital to the case were destroyed when his law firm was set ablaze by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest.

The registrar further informed the judge that Onyeneke also applied for a production warrant for Agaba.

No counsel represented the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which is prosecuting the case.

None of the defendants was in court, but Akpobolokemi’s counsel, Matthew Bukah, was present.

Justice Faji upheld the prayer and ordered that a production warrant be issued for Agaba.

Apart from first and second defendants Akpobolokemi and Agaba, the others are Ekene Nwakuchu, Warredi Enisouh and a limited liability firm Al-kenzo Limited.

They are standing trial on 30 counts of illegal and unlawful conversion of N3.700,629 billion.

The defendants were alleged to have on or before December 20, 2013, conspired to convert the said sum which belonged to NIMASA.

The defendants pleaded not guilty.

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