TUNDE OYEBANJI AWOTOYE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is the judgment in respect of the appeal of the appellant against the judgment of Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/L/148c/2016 delivered on 23rd May 2019.
The appellant was charged for offences bordering on conversion of the sum of N111,000,000 property of NIMASA contrary to Section 15(1) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.
The said charge read as follows:
COUNT ONE: that you, CALISTUS NWABUEZE OBI AND DISMASS ALU ADOON on or about the 5th day of August, 2014 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire amongst yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: Conversion of the sum of N111,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Eleven Million Naira) property of the Nigeria Maritime administration and safety agency, knowing that the said sums were proceeds of stealing and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of th…