Ex-Director at NIMASA, Agaba jail 7-year for N1.5 bln money laundering
A former executive director with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Ezekiel Bala Agaba has been sentenced to 7-year imprisonment for money laundering.
In a ruling by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Agaba was sentenced for laundering N1.5 billion said to have been looted from the coffer of the maritime agency.
Justice Ibrahim Buba in his ruling said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) proved the charges against Agaba beyond reasonable doubts.
The ex-NIMASA director was arraigned in December 2015 with a former Director-General of the agency, Patrick Akpolobokemi, and two others for using two firms to siphon about N2.6 billion meant for the implementation of International Ship and Port Security code at the maritime agency.
The Port Security code was to enable NIMASA to carry out security checks on vessels entering into the country.
However, the Court of Appeal has since discharged Akpobolokemi while the EFCC withdrew charges against two other defendants, leaving only Agaba