NIMASA Agency's ex-acting DG begs EFCC to settle out of court on N295.5m fraud

Ex-acting DG of NIMASA has appealed to a Lagos court to enable him settle with the EFCC out of court over an alleged N295.5m fraud.

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Ex-acting DG of NIMASA, Haruna Jauro

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An ex-acting Director General of NIMASA, Haruna Jauro, has begun a plea to settle his N295.5m fraud case with EFCC out of court.

In a recent report by SaharaReporters, Jauro made the plea when he approached the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday, October 24, 2016 alongside his in-law, Dauda Bawa, and their company, Thlumbau Enterprises Limited.

Jauro is being prosecuted for an alleged multi-billion Naira fraud at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency during his reign as the acting DG following the sack of Patrick Apkobolokemi.

Jauro's counsel, Babajide Koku (SAN), told Justice Mojisola Olatereju-Ishola that the defendants had informed the prosecutor's counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo of their intention to settle the case with the anti-corruption agency. 

In response to Babajide’s information, Rotimi confirmed the notification, adding that it is the right of the defendant to seek a plea bargain.

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Following the counsels' submission, Justice Olatereju-Ishola adjourned the case to November 21, 2016, for the hearing on the outcome of the plea bargain application.

Jauro and two other entities were arraigned on Tuesday, April  12, 2016 for defrauding NIMASA of N295, 618,500 between January 2014 and September 2015.

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