Leadership Tussle in NIMASA as Court Clears Omatseye
In what appear another round of leadership tussle at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, after years of appreciable stability, questions are being asked on what happens next as a suspended former Director General of NIMASA, Barrister Temisan Raymond Omatseye, is poised to resume duty any time from now.
This is sequel to the ruling by a Court of Appeal in Lagos reversing the sentence on him on allegations of N1.5 billion fraud.
Justice Yargata Nimpar, who read the decision of the court, said the High Court that tried him did not properly evaluate the evidence before it.
The Federal High Court, Lagos, presided by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, had on May 20, 2016 sentenced Mr. Omatseye to five years in jail over an alleged N1.5 billion contract scam.
Justice Nimpar said: “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 conviction is hereby set aside and the appellant is hereby discharged and acquitted.”
The court has directed that Omatseye resumes duty at NIMASA. The question that now is: As Director General or what?