Inside Nigeria : Ex-NIMASA head arraigned by EFCC

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 – The former director general of NIMASA has been arraigned by the EFCC

 – Haruna Baba Jauro  faces a serious of charges related to alleged N156 million fraud

 – He has been released on N5 million bail and will return to court on May 16

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned a former acting director general of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Haruna Baba Jauro and his brother in-law Dauda Bistrus Bawa, on a 19-count charge of stealing and money laundering.

Mr Jauro was arraigned alongside his company, Thlumbau Enterprises Limited, before Justice C.M.A Olantoregun of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Mr Jauro was arrested by the EFCC based on its findings during the investigation of his predecessor, Patrick Akpobolokemi.

In the course of investigation, it was discovered that while Mr Jauro was NIMASA’s executive finance director received N156,477,500 as gratification from Mr Akpobolokemi to allow the former him and his cohorts embezzle large sums of monies from the agency.

The former NIMASA head faces serious prison time if convicted

The said monies were traced to Mr Jauro’s company account, Thlumbau Enterprises Limited.

Mr Jauro is said to have refunded N35,000,000 as part of the money he collected from Mr Akpobolokemi to the federal government.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty after listening to the charges against them.

Rotimi Oyedepo, the prosecution counsel did not oppose the bail application filed by the counsel representing the accused persons.

Consequently, the accused persons were granted bail in the sum of N5,000,000 and two sureties in like sum.

The sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and must present tax clearance for the last three years.

The case was adjourned to May 16 for trial.

In a related development, the EFCC also arraigned Alu Dismas, personal assistant to Patrick Akpobolokemi , Calistus Nwabueze, Executive Director, NIMASA and two companies: Grand Pact Limited and Global Seal Investment Limited, on an eight count charge of stealing and money laundering before Justice Olantoregun.

Mr Calistus as Executive Director, was said to have received the total sum of N136,105,000 from Mr Akpobolokemi.

The second accused person, Mr Dismas who was personal assistant to Akpobolokemi also received various sums of money.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge. And were admitted to bail in the sum of N5,000,000 and two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned to May 16 for trial.

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