• Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

NIMASA Denounces Resurfaced Social Media Allegations Against DG

Nigeria’s Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has responded vehemently to the resurfacing of a video containing baseless accusations against its Director General (DG), terming the claims as “expired lies” and the work of “mischief makers.”

The video, which alleges the transfer of N1.5 trillion and nine million dollars into the personal account of the NIMASA Chief Executive, has been circulating on social media platforms. However, NIMASA has refuted these claims, stating that they were previously circulated over three years ago in 2021 and thoroughly investigated.

According to NIMASA’s statement, the DG personally petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2021 to investigate the allegations, highlighting the detrimental impact on his integrity, character, and family name. The petition, dated May 24th, 2021, underscores the seriousness with which NIMASA addressed the matter at the time.

The re-circulation of the 2021 video, NIMASA asserts, is the work of individuals intent on spreading misinformation to the public for reasons known only to them and their sponsors. In response, NIMASA urges the public to disregard the misleading content of the social media post and not to be swayed by unfounded allegations.

Osagie Edward, Assistant Director of Public Relations at NIMASA, issued the statement, emphasizing the agency’s commitment to transparency, integrity, and accountability in its operations. The swift response aims to quell any unwarranted speculation and reaffirm confidence in NIMASA’s leadership.

As NIMASA continues its mandate of ensuring maritime safety and security in Nigeria, it remains steadfast in addressing misinformation and safeguarding the reputation of its leadership against malicious attacks on social media platforms.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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