Nimasa,The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday convicted a former acting director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Calistus Obi, who was charged with N136m fraud.

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun convicted Obi alongside Dismal Alu, who was the second defendant in the case.

The duo had been standing trial alongside two firms, Grand Pact Limited and Global Sea Investment.

The judge held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission proved the charges against them beyond reasonable doubt.

In the eight counts filed against them, the EFCC said they conspired among themselves on August 5, 2015 to convert N136m belonging to NIMASA to their own.

 The prosecution said they acted contrary to Sections 15 and 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012.

Upon being arraigned, Obi and Alu and the firms pleaded not guilty.

 To prove the allegations, the EFCC called eight witnesses and tendered 32 exhibits.

 At the close of the prosecution’s case on November 11, 2016, the convicts filed a no-case submission, insisting there was no prima facie case against them.

 But in a ruling on February 21, 2017, Justice Olatoregun dismissed the no-case submission and ordered them to enter their defence.

After convicting them on Thursday, Justice Olatoregun adjourned till May 28 to pronounce her sentence.

She ordered that the convicts be remanded in prison until then.

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