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NPA dismisses allegation of $1b cloned account

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has denied having any cloned account with hidden $1billion, describing the allegation as baseless. A petitioner, John Okpurhe, had earlier petitioned President , accusing the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) of allegedly refusing to reward him after exposing over $1billion supposedly hidden in an account with Unity Bank Plc and allegedly operated by NPA.

The authority, in a statement by its General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Jatto Adams, said that the allegations that it operated such an account was untrue. He said: “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 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.

“It is, therefore, obvious that there is no cloned account as speculated in the alleged whistle blowing effort of 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,” he stated.

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