By Innocent Orok
The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has denied having any cloned account with Unity Bank Plc.
A whistleblower, Mr John Okpurhe has petitioned the agency to President Mohammadu Buhari alleging the NPA of operating a secret account with Unity Bank PLC which is not linked to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) as ordered by the Federal Government.
According to a statement issued by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of the NPA, Engr. Adams Jatto, the agency said the report is not true.
The statement by Jatto said the Authority was aware of reports trending in the media based on a petition by one Mr. John Okpurhe to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement reads, “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 State Dollars) as alleged by the petitioner.
“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 Mr. Okpurhe.
“The account under discussion was frozen on the strength of a court order in August 2010, 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”, NPA said in the statement.