N156.4M theft: Former NIMASA CEO Jauro’s trial begins four years later

On Monday 9 November, former CEO of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency, Haruna Hauro, was again indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged theft and money laundering in the amount of NZ $ 156.4 million.

Hauro, along with Dr. Dauda Bava and Thlumbau Enterprises Limited, again appeared before Judge Chuka Obiozor of the Lagos Federal High Court on 19 counts.

The four-year case is being reopened before Judge Obiozor after he reached the final stage of written appearances, one step away from sentencing, before Judge Mojisola Olatoregun, who retired in November 2019.

In an attempt to prove its case, the EFCC called a total of 16 witnesses, while the defense called five witnesses in an attempt to exonerate itself before Judge Olatoregun.

In the new decision, all the steps taken before Judge Olatoregun will be repeated before Judge Obiozor.

In the charges, the EFCC argued that the defendants in January 2014 converted 156.4 million NIMASA into their own in violation of Section 18 (a) of the Anti-Money Laundering (Ban) Act 2012 and were punished under Section 15 ( 3) the same law.

However, on Monday they pleaded not guilty, as well as before Judge Olatoregun.

EFCC prosecutor Usman Bukhari called on the court to set a date for the start of the trial and to issue a detention order for the accused in custody.

But defense attorney Olalekan Ojo (SAN) has called on the court to allow its clients to continue on bail given to them by Judge Olatoregun.

In his ruling, Judge Obiozor granted Ojo’s request for bail and postponed the start of the trial until March 17, 2021.

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