Ex-NIMASA director gets 7 years jail

The Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a former Executive Director, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba to seven years imprisonment for laundering N1.5 billion.

Agaba, who was in charge of Maritime, Safety and Shipping, was alleged to have looted the money from the agency.

Justice Ibrahim Buba held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, proved the charges against Agaba beyond reasonable doubt.

Agaba was arraigned in December 2015 alongside a former Director-General of NIMASA, 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 NIMASA.

The EFCC said the ISPS Code is to enable NIMASA carry out security checks on vessels entering the country.

The Court had discharged Akpobolokemi while the EFCC withdrew the charges against the two other defendants, leaving  Agaba to face the music.