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Ex-NIMASA DG, Calistus Obi Get Seven-Years Jail Term

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a former Acting Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Calistus Obi, to seven years imprisonment for  N136 million fraud.

A Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a former Acting Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Calistus Obi, to seven years imprisonment for  N136 million fraud.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun had found him guilty of money laundering and converting the agency’s funds to personal use at a court sitting that held on May 23.

Mojisola Olatoregun who delivered the judgment, however, refused to order the forfeiture of his seized assets.

The EFCC had charged Obi to court alongside Dismass Alu Adoon, a former staff of NIMASA.

At one of the court sittings, Rotimi Oyedepo, the prosecuting counsel, had urged the court to impose the maximum punishment of 14 years imprisonment on Obi.

This, he said, would serve as a deterrent to other civil servants.

Africa News24 (AN24) understands that President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Obi as the acting director general of NIMASA two months after he assumed office in 2015.

Patrick Akpobolokemi, Obi’s predecessor, had been fired after the president ordered the dissolution of boards and the sack of all heads of federal government parastatals.

Akpobolokemi is currently being prosecuted for corruption while in office.

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