The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday dismissed a no-case submission filed by a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, and five others in response to the N2.6bn fraud charges pressed against them by the Federal Government.
In a ruling on Monday, Justice Ibrahim Buba held that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had established a prima facie case against Akpobolokemi and his co-defendants to warrant their entering their defence.
The judge, thus, dismissed their no-case submissions for lacking in merit.
He adjourned till October 30 for the defendants to open their defence.
The EFCC had on December 4, 2015 arraigned Akpobolokemi alongside five others for allegedly diverting N2.6bn from the coffers of NIMASA between December 2013, and May 2015.