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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Appeal Court discharge and acquits former NIMASA boss, Raymond Omatseye convicted for over alleged N1.5billion fraud

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Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has discharged and acquitted ex-Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Temisan Raymond Omateseye. Temisan was in May 2016, convicted by a Federal High Court in Lagos for an alleged N1.5 billion scam.

Raymond Omatseye was in May 2016 sentenced to 5 years imprisonment after he was arraigned on a 27-count charge bordering on alleged contract variation, bid rigging and awarding contract above approved limit while he was NIMASA boss.

Raymond was also tried for approving contract above the threshold level of the agency. The counsel to Omatseye subsequently filed an appeal against the Federal High Court ruling.

In delivering judgment on his appeal today, May 11th, the presiding Judge, Justice ‎Yargata B. Nimpar set aside the May 20th 2016 judgment that was delivered by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia that convicted him.

Justice Nimpar maintained that the trial court did not properly evaluate the evidence during his trial
According to Justice Nimpar; “The long and short of it is that, the appeal succeeds. The prosecution should not ride roughshod over the Constitution. The judiciary will do the war on corruption more harm by declaring someone a criminal, where no offence has been committed ‎ I find merit in the appeal. The lower court judgement is hereby set aside and the appellant is hereby discharged and acquitted”.

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