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.
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.
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.