Senate threatens to arrest Dakuku Peterside

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NIMASA Director-General, Dakuku Peterside. PHOTO: NIMASA


The Senate Joint Committee on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance on Wednesday, asked the Director-General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, to appear before it unfailingly on Thursday or risk being arrested.

The committee is investigating the N263.9 billion alleged illegal security services carried out by the Ocean Marine Solutions Ltd. (OMLS) at the Safe Anchorage Area in Lagos Ports.

Peterside had failed to appear before the panel but was represented at the hearing by the Principal Legal Officer of the agency, Haruna Argungu.

The Committee Chairman, George Sekibo, told Argungu to inform Peterside to appear before the committee unfailingly on December 5, failure of which a warrant of arrest would be issued against him by the Senate.

The committee refused to honour Argungu and walked him out of the session in the presence of the Minister of State, Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki.

However, Saraki said OMSL contract on security services at the ports had not been suspended or dismantled as claimed by the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman, on Tuesday.

She explained to the committee that the ministry had scheduled a meeting with all stakeholders on the security services at the ports for December 9, in Lagos.

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