$18m, N9bn Fraud Allegations: Anti-corruption Group Challenges Buhari To Probe Capt. Hosa

President Mohammadu Buhari

The South South Buhari Anti-corruption Group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an investigative committee to probe the Board Chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions (OMSL), Capt. Hosa Okunbo, over fraud allegation of $18 million.

The President was also asked to probe Capt. Okunbo over N9 billion contract with the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Ltd, which payment was made and contract not executed.

The Anti-Corruption Group, in a statement by its President, Imafidon Peter Odion stated that the call became imperative following several allegations of fraud against Capt. Okunbo.

Recall that few days ago, there was a report in the media space that some directors of OMSL had raised issues over misappropriation in the company.

The directors had raised issues over the inability of Capt. Okunbo to account for 18 Million Dollars recently received as payment for services rendered to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC.

Hosa Okunbo

It was reported that a source within the company had disclosed that the directors were aghast when they found out that the said payment was made to OMSL and was spent by the Chairman without their knowledge.

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It was further reported that at a board meeting to clear the air, the Chairman said he spent the money bribing people in the Presidency and the National Assembly, through the offices of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Nigeria Police and the DSS.

Recall that OMSL has been in the news lately after the Secured Anchorage Area SAA they operate for incoming vessels into the Nigeria waters was recently cancelled by the management of the Nigeria Ports Authority with the support of the Transportation Minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi resulting in a petition of threat to life against Capt. Hosa Okunbo by the MD of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman after an encounter with him during the Senate hearing on the matter.

Aside the OMSL issue and the allegation of fraud, the anti-corruption group gathered that contract worth N9 billion was awarded to Capt. Okunbo, which had been paid for and the contract not executed.

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consequently, South South Buhari Anti-corruption Group, has called on President Buhari to set up a high powered probe panel to investigate NNPC to unravel the truth behind the contract scam.

The group also reminded President Buhari to note that his government is anchored on anti-corruption matra, adding that his position against corruption will go along way to convince Nigerians that he actually mean well for the country.

The anti-corruption group added that corruption fight shouldn’t be selective, but should be fought with vigor irrespective of who is involved.

“This is the time President Buhari should raise the banner of the fight against corruption, somebody should be used as an example to serve as deterrent to others, the anti-corruption group said.

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