Capt Niyi Labinjo, former President of the Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA) has been released by the naval authorities into the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for trial.
The former naval captain is billed to be arraigned on 4th of December 2019.
Recall that Labinjo and his wife Sherifat I’ve Lambert were arrested and detained by the Navy in 2018 for undisclosed offenses. His wife have however been released on bail.
Capt Labinjo have now been transferred to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
The navy’s spokesperson, Suleiman Dahun had said Labinjo was no more in their custody, but Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said Labinjo was only released to the anti-graft agency on Sunday.
“He has just been brought from an underground cell by the Navy,” Falana said.
In April, the senior lawyer had raised alarm over the detention of Labinjo and 66 others held without trial.
Following continuous pressure on the authorities by Falana, the Navy in October transferred the case files of the detainees to the EFCC but withheld that of Labinjo.
And despite two court orders for Labinjo’s release, the Navy denied his whereabouts. Falana had said Labinjo was being held for an undisclosed offence.
According to him, the trial court had ordered the navy to produce him in court for his arraignment on December 4, 2019.