The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has re-arraigned a former Commander of the military Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, in the Niger Delta, EMMANUEL ATEWE for an alleged fraud of eight point five-three-seven billion naira.
The retired military officer was re-arraigned on 22 counts of money laundering alongside a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, PATRICK AKPOBOLOKEMI.
Standing trial with ATEWE and AKPOBOLOKEMI before Justice SALIU SAIDU of a Federal High Court in Lagos are KIME ENGOZU and JOSEPHINE OTUAGA.
The defendants were first arraigned on May 27 on 11 counts but the EFCC amended the charges to 22, leading to their re-arraignment yesterday.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
Justice SAIDU adjourned till February three and twenty, 2017 for trial.