The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced former Executive Director of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Captain Ezekiel Agaba, to seven years in prison.
Justice Ibrahim Buba gave the sentence on Wednesday, after he convicted Captain Agaba for money Laundering of N1.5billion.
Justice Ibrahim Buba found Agaba guilty of the seven counts charge of conversion and criminal breach of trust filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The judge held that the EFCC had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the convict stole the said sum from NIMASA while he was in charge of Maritime, Safety and Shipping.
He sentenced Agaba to seven years imprisonment on each of the seven counts while directing that the sentences are to run concurrently with effect from Wednesday.
Justice Buba however declined the application of EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo for the forfeiture of property allegedly bought by Agaba from the proceeds of the laundering.
He upheld the submission of the Agaba’s counsel, Mr Oyeneke that the property is the subject of another suit at the Federal High Court.
Mr. Oyeneke had also in his allocutus prayed that the court to order a non-custidial sentencing for Agaba, in view of his age being in the high risk for COVID-19 infection in prison.
“In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, counsel should consider approaching the state for pardon for the convict,” the judge added.