NIMASA DG asks EFCC to investigate alleged N1.5tr fraud

Bashir Jamoh replaces Dakuku as NIMASA DG
NIMASA Director-General, Bashir Jamoh


The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate reports alleging that the sum of N1.5trillion and $9million was traced to his personal accounts.

SHIPS & PORTS reported that a social media troll named Jackson Ude, had in a series of tweets accused the NIMASA Director General of siphoning government funds through his private account and a private company. The allegations have, however, been discovered to be false and a case of mistaken identity.

Jamoh, in the letter addressed to the EFCC Chairman, dated 24th of May, 2021, a copy of which was obtained by SHIPS & PORTS, urged the anti-graft agency to carry out a thorough and painstaking investigation into matter, which he said had placed his integrity at stake.

The letter reads: “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 a 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 and 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 pernicious damaging effect on the government and the country, I hereby request that a thorough and painstaking investigation be carried out by your Commission with a view to unravelling the truth or accuracy of the allegation. This is to put the records straight in the public domain, please.”

SHIPS & PORTS investigations revealed that Ude had mischievously identified one Hamza Ibrahim Jamo, a retired employee of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and presently a representative of Talent Enterprise, a Dubai-based training firm, as the NIMASA Director General.

While the NIMASA DG’s surname is Jamoh, the person Ude chatted with and published screenshots of their conversation is Jamo, an almost similar surname without the letter ‘h’ at the end.

Jamo, the former NNPC employee, said he retired after 35 years of service. He said his gratuity was paid into the Fidelity Bank account, which Ude had reported an outrageous and nonexistent sum of 1.5 trillion.