We’ve no $1bn cloned account anywhere, NPA replies whistle blower
The Nigerian Ports Authority NPA has denied allegations by some whistle blowers that it operates a $1billion cloned bank account, insisting that there is no iota of truth in such reports.
A whistle blower, one Mr. John Okpurhe had petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing the Attorney General of the Federation AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN of allegedly refusing to reward him after he allegedly exposed over $1billion supposedly hidden in an account operated by the NPA with Unity Bank Plc.
A statement signed by the NPA General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Jatto Adams reads in part: “The NPA hereby states that the allegation that it operates such an account is untrue. Mr. Okpurhe, claiming to be a whistleblower cited an account number: 0013680344 allegedly being operated by NPA but this account does not exist as evidenced by a letter from Unity Bank Plc.
“The NPA operates an account with Unity Bank Plc with account number: 0013670344 with a total sum of $1,057,772.03 (one million, fifty-seven thousand, seven hundred and seventy-two dollars, three cents) as of December 4, 2019 and not $1,034,515,000.00(one billion, thirty-four million, five hundred and fifteen thousand United States dollars) as alleged by the petitioner.
“However, the NPA account has not been in operation since August 27, 2010 due to a Suit No: FHC/L/CS/582/2010 Garnishee Order NISI in Aminu Ibrahim & Co & ANOR. Vs. Nigerian Ports Authority where a garnishee order was placed on it following a case, which went from the Federal High Court to the Supreme Court over a period of eight years.
“Upon the determination of the case at the Supreme Court, the judgment creditors continued with the garnishee process which resulted in the credit of the amount $1,057,772.03 (one million, fifty-seven thousand, seven hundred and seventy-two dollars, three cents) in favour of Suit No: FHC/L/CS/582/2010 Garnishee Order NISI- Aminu Ibrahim & Co & ANOR. Vs. Nigerian Ports Authority on December 4, 2019 in line with the Garnishee Order absolute”.
The General Manager argued that from the foregoing, it is therefore obvious that there is no cloned account as speculated in the alleged whistle blowing effort of Mr. Okpurhe.
It was further gathered that the account in question was frozen on the strength of a court order in August 2010, and following the completion of the case, the money was consequently transferred to the judgment creditor on December 4, 2019 in line with the Garnishee Order absolute.