A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the remand of a former Commander of the Joint Task Force, Major General Emmanuel Atewe, and two other accused persons, Kime Engozu and Josphine Otuaga, in prison.
The court’s remand order was made on Friday after their arraignment alongside a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr Patrick Akpolobokemi.
The accused face an 11-count charge of conspiracy, fraud, stealing and conversion of the sum of 19.7 billion Naira to personal use.
The accused persons all pleaded not guilty while their lawyers asked Justice Saliu Saidu to grant them bail.
However, their application was denied and the matter adjourned till June 24 for commencement of trial.