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EX-NIMASA BOSS,Patrick Akpobolokemi, charged with N2.6 billion fraud.
On Monday,A Federal High Court Lagos overruled a no-case submission by former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi, charged with N2.6 billion fraud.
Mr. Akpobolokemi alongside five others, On December 4, 2015,The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned them for allegedly diverting N2.6 billion from the coffers of NIMASA between December 2013 and May 2015.
According to EFCC, the funds were approved by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for the implementation of a security project.
The trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba noted that a plethora of cases had been cited by learned counsel in arguing their application for a no case submission.
Mr. Buba, however, pointed out that in delivering ruling on such no case submission the court is enjoined to keep its ruling as short as possible.
He said: “There are a plethora of cases listed by counsel, but the court is enjoined not to write its ruling as if it is writing its final judgment, but must keep its ruling as short as possible”.
Mr. Buba held that the charge was before the court and its ingredients are clear.
“The court therefore, cannot see the fuse in the argument that the prosecution has not made out a prima facie case against the defendants.
“When a judge is faced with a ruling on a no case submission, it is permissible for the ruling to be brief and simply read: “you have a case to answer.
“Consequently, the no case submission fails and is hereby overruled”.
The court therefore, adjourned the case to Oct. 30, Nov. 7 and Nov. 9 for the defence to open its case.