The five-year jail sentence of former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Raymond Omatseye, was on Thursday reversed by a Court of Appeal in Lagos.
Presiding judge of the Court, Justice Yargata Nimpar, ruled that High Court which tried Raymond Omatseye, did not properly evaluate the evidence brought before it.
“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 judge ruled.
On May 20, 2016, a Federal High Court, Lagos, presided over by Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia found Omatseye guilty of 24 out of the 27 charges brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He was sentenced to five years in jail.