All is not well at Ocean Marine Solutions OMSL as the directors are at loggerheads with the Chairman of the board, Capt. Hosa Okunbo over his inability to account for 18 Million Dollars recently received as payment for services rendered to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC. A source within the company informed us that the directors were aghast when they recently found out that the said payment was made to OMSL and was spent by the Chairman without their knowledge. We were further informed that in the ensuing 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. We also learnt the directors in disbelief insisted that laid down procedures meant they should have been informed of this so called bribe payments considering the amount involved. The source who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal informed us that heads will roll inside the company because of how easy it was for the Chairman to access such huge amounts without the knowledge and approval of the other directors which according to the source amounts to either a failure of internal control or connivance by some key members of staff with the Chairman. Asked what will now happen since the other directors are not satisfied with the Chairman’s explanation, our source said “I will not be surprised if the other directors gang up to make him a non-executive Chairman and put measures to tighten internal controls as this is surely a wake up signal for them” It will be recalled 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.

Over 16,000 people have signed a petition on Change.Org calling on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate All Progressives Congress leader, Bola Tinubu.

The petition, which was started a week ago by Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, had garnered 16, 243 signatures as of 9.30 am on Friday.

The petition is titled, ‘Calling on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate Bola Tinubu for contravening the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of 2011, by having bullion vans ferry alleged large sums of money into his house on the eve of the 2019 Presidential election’.

Omokri wrote, “Dear citizens of Nigeria, let’s take our country back by signing this petition to compel the EFCC to investigate and prosecute Bola Tinubu for contravening the Money Laundering Act, by ferrying bullion vans into his house. Don’t say ‘na today’, or ‘leave matter’.

“We as Nigerians must stop confusing cynicism for wisdom. If we do not fight for our country, who will? George Floyd’s death sparked a revolution in America and we joined. We did not say ‘na today’, or ‘leave matter’. You and I can make a difference with this petition. #EFCCMustInvestigateTinubu.”

Tinubu had while responding to questions on the bullion vans in his home, said he was free to give anyone money since he was holding no government position.

He had said, “Is it my money or government money? I don’t work for the government. I am not in an agency of government and let anybody come out and say I have taken any contract from the government of President Mohammed Buhari, APC in the last five years.

“They should prove it. I am on my own and I’m committed to my party. So, even if I have money to spend on my premises, what is your headache? Excuse me, if I don’t represent any agency of government and if I have money to spend…., if I have money, if I like I give it to the people free of charge, as long as is not to buy votes…..who are those watching my house looking for bullion vans? They must be mischief-makers.”

Several groups had in the last one year submitted petitions to the EFCC demanding Tinubu’s probe but there has been no official reaction from the EFCC.

The Convener, Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju; Ariyo-Dare Atoye of the Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution and Adebayo Raphael of the Free Nigeria Movement as well as many others had written the EFCC calling for Tinubu’s probe.

Adeyanju’s The petition noted that Section 7 (1) (b) of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004 gives the commission the power to investigate properties of any person that appears to the commission that the person’s lifestyle and extent of the properties are not justified by his source of income.

It added, “To the best of our knowledge, Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a private citizen who ordinarily should not be seen with a convoy of bullion vans.

“The questions begging for answers are: What are Bullion Vans doing in the house of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu? ‪Who owns the content, believing to be cash in the Bullion Vans that were seen entering the house of Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the eve of Nigerian Presidential elections?

“Has the commission, based on its core mandates, investigated the source of the Bullion Vans? ‪Is Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s house, now a bank where bullion vans now take money to?”

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