In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 02nd, July, 2020

Reps Probe NPA Over Whistleblower’s $1bn Secret Account Declare

Reps Probe NPA Over Whistleblower’s $1bn Secret Account Claim

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Hadiza Usman

The Home of Representatives has resolved to analyze the alleged secret account being stored by the Nigerian Ports Authority with a stability of over $1bn.

The transfer adopted the unanimous adoption of a movement of pressing public significance moved by Mr Kolawole Lawal on the plenary on Thursday.

The movement was entitled, ‘The Must Examine the Alleged Unlawful Secret Account Opened by the Nigerian Ports Authority in Unity Financial institution to Gather Income from Vessels’.

Consequently, the Home mandated the Committees on Finance; and Ports and Harbours to “examine these allegations and counter-allegations, decide if the Nigerian Ports Authority or any of their personnel dedicated any infractions.”

Lawal, whereas transferring the movement, famous the controversy generated by a whistleblower who claimed that whereas appearing in keeping with the whistleblower coverage of the Federal Authorities, he duly knowledgeable, in confidence, the Workplace of the Legal professional Basic of the Federation a few hidden or secret account operated by the NPA in Unity Financial institution to gather income generated from sea vessels.

The lawmaker stated the whistleblower alleged that the data he gave to the OAGF led to the publicity of an unlawful secret account in a Lagos department of Unity Financial institution, the place the sum of $1,034, 516,000 was stored, opposite to monetary laws and the Structure.

He stated the whistleblower additionally alleged that the data was verified and permitted by the OAGF as certified for monetary reward, as prescribed below the whistleblower coverage of the Federal Authorities.

Lawal famous that based mostly on the recommendation of the OAGF, a written settlement was reached between a consultant of the whistleblower, Mamman Maiyaki & Co. Authorized Practitioners, and the workplace as proof of the transaction.

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The lawmaker additionally famous that the NPA, in response to the allegation, admitted it operates an account with a Lagos department of Unity Financial institution with Account Quantity 0013670344 and a stability of $1,057,772,000.03 as of December four, 2019, however denied the sum of $1,034,515,000.03 as alleged by the whistleblower.

He added that the NPA additional admitted that the checking account had not been operated since August 27, 2010, as a result of a Garnishee Order Nisi given by the Federal Excessive Court docket, which was subsequently affirmed by the Supreme Court docket eight years after, within the case of Aminu Ibrahim & Co VS Nigerian Ports Authority (Go well with No. FHC/L/CS/ 582/ 2010).

He pressured that the NPA claimed that upon the willpower of the case on the Supreme Court docket, the judgment collectors continued with the Garnishee course of, which resulted within the cost of the sum of $1,057,772,000.03 from the account to the judgment creditor on December four, 2019, in keeping with the Garnishee Order Absolute.

Lawal stated, “The Home is anxious that the fabric particulars of the allegations by the whistle-blower have been contradicted by the NPA however since public fund is concerned within the matter, it’s crucial that the Home intervenes within the disaster, with a view to establishing the true state of affairs in public curiosity.

“The Home is anxious additionally that the NPA could also be working from different accounts in comparable conditions.

“The Home wonders if NPA or any Federal Authorities ministry, division or company have authority to pay any public cash to any judgment creditor in satisfaction of a judgment debt with out acquiring the prior approval of the OAGF, in view of the clear provisions of Part 84 of the Sheriffs and Civil Course of Act CAP 56 LFN 2004, which supplies that the prior consent of AGF ought to be obtained earlier than any MDA can switch public funds to a judgment creditor in satisfaction of a judgment debt.

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“The Home additionally wonders if the NPA or any Federal Authorities MDA has authority to maintain income generated in any business financial institution, in view of clear provisions of Part 162 of the 1999 Structure, which supplies all income collected by the Authorities of the Federation shall be paid right into a particular account referred to as the Federation Account.”

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