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NIMASA: Court adjourns ruling on Jurisdiction to March 21

Justice Raliat Adebiyi of a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere has adjourned the ruling on applications filed by the former Director-General of Nigeria Maritime Administration Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpobolokemi and Governor Amechee Juan challenging the court jurisdiction to entertain the criminal charges brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, to March 21.

Akpolobokemi alongside six other were arraigned before the court by the anti-graft agency on a 13 count charge bordering on stealing the sum of N754,740,680 million belonging to NIMASA. Other defendants are Captain Ezekiel Agaba,   Ekene Nwakuche, Governor Amechee Juan, Vincent Udoye, Captain Sahib Olopoenia and a company, Gama Marine Nigeria Limited.

At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, while arguing on the defendants’ application, the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Oyedipo, urged the court to dismiss the applications filed by both Akpolobokemi and Juan, the first and fourth defendants in the matter. In response, the lawyer to the fourth defendant, Asemudara, urged the court to uphold the applications of the defendants and as well dismiss the charges against them. After listening to the submissions of both parties, Justice Adebiyi adjourned the ruling to March 21.

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