Alleged Fraud: EFCC Re-arraigns Atewe, Others

Owerri, Court, NBAThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has re-arraigned Major General Emmanuel Atewe (rtd), a former Commander of the Military Joint Task Force, (Operation Pulo Shield), in the Niger Delta, for an alleged fraud totaling about 8.5 billion Naira.

It is the third time Major Atewe is being re-arraigned by the EFFC and the trial, took place at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Friday, before Justice Ayokunle Faji.

He was re-arraigned on a 22 count charge alongside a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and two others, Kime Engonzu and Josephine Otuaga.

Their re-arraignment before Justice Faji, followed the transfer of the previous judge, Justice Saliu Saidu from the Lagos division of the court to the Port Harcourt division.

Justice Faji has adjourned till February 13 and 17, 2017 for trial to start afresh.

EFFC Begins Trial Of Patrick Akpobolokemi, Three Others

EFCC, Patrick AkpobolokemiThe trial involving former NIMASA DG, Patrick Akpobolokemi, retired Major-General Emmanuel Atewe, and two others has begun at the Federal High Court Ikoyi Lagos.

Prosecution witness for the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Teslim Ajuwon, has revealed evidence to the court.

While answering questions from the counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, Mr Teslim said that over eight billion Naira was transferred from the Nigerian Maritime Administration And Safety Agency (NIMASA) to the joint task force, Operation Pulo shield.

He also revealed that within a number of days, the monies were distributed to six different companies, during the tenure of Patrick Akpobolokemi.

Mr Teslim further stated that the transaction instrument which transferred the part of the monies to Jaggan limited, was signed by the two signatories of the JTF which included Major General Emmauel Atewe.

Justice Saidu Salu, however, adjourned the case till November 22, while cross examination will begin on December 5, 2016.

The trial is coming months after a High Court in Igbosere dismissed an application by Mr Akpobolokemi, challenging its jurisdiction to entertain his trial.

 

At the hearing held on March 21, Justice R.I.B. Adebiyi threw out Akpobolokemi’s suit, stressing that the application lacked merit.

“This court finds preliminary objections raised by 1st and 4th defendants/ applicants to lack merit. both preliminary objections are accordingly dismissed,” he said.