Court remands former JTF commander, two others over alleged N19.7b fraud
The Federal High Court, Lagos yesterday ordered the remand in prison custody of a former commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Maj-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe, and two others over alleged N19.7billion fraud.
The other two accused persons are Kime Engozu and Josephine Otuaga.
They were remanded following their arraignment with the former director general of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Patrick Ziadeke Akpolobokemi, before Justice Saliu Saidu on 11-count charges bordering on conspiracy, fraud, stealing and fraudulent conversation of the sum of N19. 744, 041, 556 billion to their personal use.
Justice Saidu gave the order after listening to their Counsel’s argument on their bail applications.
The accused are represented by Mr. Matthew Ukah, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Chief U.P.E. Nnaji.
Ukah, who represented Akpolobokemi, had urged the court to allow his client to continue to enjoy the bail conditions earlier granted him in other criminal charges before the court.
Also, Ozekhome, representing Atewe, urged the court to admit him to bail on self-recognizance, being a serving Army General, while Counsel to the third and fourth, Nnaji also urged the court to admit his clients bail on very liberal terms.