The Nigerian Ports Authority has dismissed claims by a self-acclaimed whistle blower, Mr. John Okpurhe, who alleged that the agency has $1bn in a cloned account domiciled at Unity Bank.
Recall that Okpurhe had petitioned the President, Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami refused to reward him for exposing the over $1bn supposedly hidden in an account operated by the NPA in Unity bank.
Responding, the NPA in a statement signed by its General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Adams Jatto, on Monday, debunked the claims, saying it operated no such account.
Speaking further, the agency noted that the account number 0013680344 which the petitioner claimed belongs to the NPA did not exist in Unity bank.
The statement read in part, “”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 State 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 4th 2019 in line with the Garnishee Order absolute.
“It is therefore obvious that there is no cloned account as speculated in the alleged whistle blowing effort of Okpurhe.”
NPA said the account under discussion was frozen on the strength of a court order in August 2010.
It added that the money was transferred to the judgment creditor on December 4, 2019 in line with the Garnishee Order Absolute, following the completion of the case.