- As EFCC re-arraigns Jonathan’s cousin, wife, over alleged $40m contract scam
The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman has assured that issues of Safety and Security Standards would henceforth be prioritized in line with international best practices.
Hadiza indicated this during the official commissioning of Safety, Security Information and Operations Centre of the Lagos Ports Complex, at Apapa, reiterating the commitment of the Authority to lift the ports in terms of infrastructural development and rehabilitation, in a bid to achieve sustained enhancement of efficiency and the provision of an enabling environment for business in the Ports.
“The Centre is a facility developed for the purpose of providing prompt dissemination of information to all Ports users and the public in the Port Community”, Hadiza stated, stressing that it would be made to “work round the clock”.
She highlighted that the recently resuscitated Electronic Display Information Board at the entrance of the Port was an extension of the Safety, Information and Operations Centre which would provide information to all Stakeholders and the general public at all times.
She pointed out that the new facilities which includes the Customer Care Unit (CCU) would handle complaints and suggestions concerning the Port.
The stakeholders present, some of who delivered goodwill messages were the Vice Chairperson and Chief Executive Director of ENL Consortium, Dr. (Mrs) Vicky Haastrup, who appreciated the Managing Director and affirmed that the Port Manager, Mrs Aisha Ali-Ibrahim is a proactive goal getter who has really helped to improve the art of doing business in the LPC.
In her own views, the Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos Deep Offshore and Logistics (LADOL), Dr. Amy Jadesimi expressed her pride in the stride that Nigeria is making in the Maritime Industry, noting that very shortly, Nigeria would become not only the hub of Maritime activities in the West African sub-region, but indeed, in the entire continent.
In her closing remarks, the Port Manager LPC Mrs Aisha Ali-Ibrahim appreciated the presence of those in attendance, assuring that the Ports management would live up to expectations.
Those in attendance included the Executive Directors Marine and Operations, Dr Sokonte Huttin Davies and Engineering and Technical Services, Professor Idris Abubakar.
In the meantime, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, re-arraigned cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Robert Azibaola and his wife, Stella, before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
The duo took turns and pleaded not guilty to an amended nine-count charge of alleged $40 million contract scam. The defendants were hitherto facing a seven-count charge before the anti-graft agency, which had already called four witnesses, applied to amend the charge.
Their company, One Plus Holdings Nigeria Limited, is the third defendant in the charge.
EFCC had alleged in the charge that the defendants received a $40 million contract from the detained former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd).
Shortly after the defendants entered their plea to the amended charge, trial Justice Dimgba allowed them to go home on their previous bail conditions. The court equally took evidence of the fifth prosecution witness, Mr. Folashade Ibrahim, who is a Branch Manager with Wema Bank Plc.
Mrs. Ibrahim narrated how the Office of the NSA under Dasuki, on December 8, 2014, transferred N650 million to an account she said was operated by one Tunji Adeniyi. She told the court that the money was subsequently transferred to different beneficiaries’ accounts.
“The balance of the account was N3million when we finished,” the witness added. However, while being cross-examined by the defence counsel, Mr. Goddy Uche, SAN, the witness told the court that none of the defendants benefited from the various fund transfers.
The witness equally told the court that she had never met or had any form of interaction with any of the defendants before.
Justice Dimgba adjourned further hearing on the matter till Friday after he admitted into evidence the account opening forms, certificate of identification and Certified True Copy of the mandate for the account where the N650million was lodged in.
Additional report from Vanguard