NIMASA DG, Dr Jamoh Petitions EFCC Over Alleged N1.5trillion, $9million Fraud

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By DAPO OLAWUNI

The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr Bashir Jamoh has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an attempt to smear his name with reports in circulation, alleging that a humongous N1.5trillion and $9million was traced to his personal accounts.

Recall that the controversy started last week Friday when one Jackson Ude, purportedly based in the United States, tweeted on his handle @Jacksonpbn accused the NIMASA boss of having such money his accounts. He later published same allegation on his website; www pointblanknews.com, saying that the NIMASA boss was siphoning government funds through his personal company.

The allegations have however been confirmed to be falsehood, a case of mistaken identity and an attempt to blackmail the NIMASA boss.

In a copy of the DG’s letter addressed to the Chairman of EFCC dated 24th of May, 2021, a copy of which was obtained exclusively by DAILY TREND NEWS, Dr Bashir Jamoh urged the anti-graft agency to launch out a painstaking investigation into the matter as his family name is at stake.

“I write to bring to your attention the attached online publications and tweets that have gone viral since Friday 21st of May, 2021. The publications emanated from series of tweets of one jackson Ude alleging the sums of NI .5 trillion and another US$9,557,312.50 were traced to my personal account”

“The allegation of money laundering which impugn my 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 was 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” the letter reads

Independent investigations carried out by our correspondent has since shown that it was a case of mistaken identity as the person Jackson Ude was interacting with was not the NIMASA DG, Dr Bashir Jamoh but rather it was one Mr Hamza Ibrahim Jamo , a retired employee of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) a different individual without link to NIMASA DG.

Investigations carried out also revealed that the alleged account number; Fidelity Bank Account 4020949836, the BVN 22151837650 and Cell phone number 08034517410 actually belonged to Hamza Ibrahim Jamoh who is presently a representative of Talent Enterprise, a Dubai-based training firm.

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