‘N1. 5trn fraud’: NIMASA DG writes EFCC, says Nigeria’s image at stake

The Director General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has asked the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate spurious allegations of a purported trace of N1.5 trillion and over $9 million dollars to accounts belonging to him in Fidelity and Access banks, respectively. 

The allegations, which have been trending on the social media for close to a week, emanated from a series of tweets of a United States based Nigerian blogger named Jackson Ude alleging that humongous sums were traced to Jamoh’s personal account by unnamed United Kingdom investigators. 

The report also accused the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele of connivance in the transfer of monies belonging to NIMASA into Bashir Jamoh’s private accounts instead of Treasury Single Account (TSA). 

In a letter he personally signed and addressed to the EFCC chairman, the NIMASA Director General noted it has damaging effects on both his personal integrity, the federal government and the country at large. 

The contents of the letter as seen by our correspondent and confirmed by the spokesperson of NIMASA, Mr Phillips Kyanet, the NIMASA helmsman urged the anti graft agency to get to the root of the matter with a view to unravel the truth and accuracy of the allegations. 

He said “the allegation of money laundering which impugn my personal integrity, character and family name have been circulating on the social media also suggested that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria be invited by security agencies to give reasons why such huge sums of money were transferred to my personal account instead of the Treasury Single Account.

“In view of this weighty allegation and the insidious and perniciously damaging effect on the government and the country, I hereby request that a thorough and painstaking investigation be carried by your commission with a view to unravelling the truth or accuracy of the allegation. This is to put the record straight in the public domain, please.”