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Alleged N2.6bn fraud: Appeal Court frees ex-NIMASA DG, Akpobolokemi
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Alleged N2.6bn fraud: Appeal Court frees ex-NIMASA DG, Akpobolokemi

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The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, has discharged and acquitted a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi.

He had been charged with alleged fraud amounting to about N2.6bn.

In a lead judgment on Friday, a three-man appellate court panel upheld the no-case submission filed by Akpobolokemi in response to the criminal charges.

The Court overruled the decision of the Federal High Court in Lagos, which had dismissed Akpobolokemi’s no-case submission in October 2017.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had arraigned Akpobolokemi alongside five others , in December 2015,for allegedly diverting the funds from the coffers of NIMASA .

The anti-graft agency claimed the funds were approved by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for the implementation of a security project tagged, “International Ship and Ports Security Code in Nigerian Ports.”

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