Suspended Nigeria Ports Authority Supervisor, Hadiza Bala, was concerned in a clandestine ploy to shortchange an organization in favour of Africa’s richest, Aliko Dangote, paperwork obtained have revealed.
Final yr, some shoreline terminals previously operated by Built-in Logistics Providers’ (INTELs) in Onne ports advanced, Rivers state, had been confiscated and subsequently awarded to Dangote via a proxy firm, Worldwide Container Terminal Providers (ICTS) Nigeria restricted.
Onne Port Complicated is the one of many largest Oil and Fuel Free Zone in Africa, the place main business gamers from the exploration as much as the completion phases function.
The advanced has two main terminals particularly the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT) and Federal Lighter Terminal (FLT).
For over a decade, INTELs Nigeria, partly owned by former Vice chairman, Atiku Abubakar, operated some berths on the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT) of the advanced, offering logistics providers till 2020.
The three berths of FOT numbered 9, 10 and had been taken over by the NPA in a controversial method, which many thought was a transfer by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration transfer to witch-hunt Abubakar, his opponent within the 2019 election and break the corporate’s monopoly
The NPA, in September 2020, issued a discover, asserting that the service operation dealt with by the Built-in Logistics Providers (Intels) Nigeria had been terminated.
It went on to additional state that each one Service Boats Homeowners and Operators are to do transactions instantly in every of the Port Complicated of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
In the meantime, a memo launched to the press, seen by Enterprise Kobo confirmed that Usman had transferred the berths confiscated from INTELs to ICTSI, a proxy firm traced to Dangote, 5 months earlier.
The leaked memo, dated Could 13, was signed by Yusuf Ahmed, NPA’s Director of Lands & Asset Admin on behalf Usman
“Please discuss with the lease of land and berths 9, 10 and 11 granted to you at FOT Onne and discover hooked up herewith the draft Lease Settlement for a overview of its doable contents earlier than the ultimate copy is produced for execution,” the letter addressed to the managing director of ICTSI learn.
Ahmed urged the corporate to ship their feedback for consideration
“A registered surveyor shall be appointed to supply the survey plan of the property to incorporation within the Lease Settlement and you may be required to see the surveyors charges,” it additional learn.
This was not Usman’s first time coping with Dangote as cash transfers between the duo dates again to 2015.
A Nigerian newspaper, Peoples Gazette, had beforehand reported how Dangote transferred N200 million to a checking account run by Usman throughout the construct up of the 2015 basic election.
The transactions had been despatched in two tranches from two totally different financial institution accounts of the Africa’s richest man to Ms. Bala Usman’s account with Entry Financial institution, the newspaper reported.
“Ms. Bala Usman acquired the primary N100 million switch on February 6, 2015; whereas the second N100 million got here via three days in a while February 9. The transfers carried ambiguous descriptions that made it tough to conclude their function.”
Ms Bala was not too long ago instructed to step apart for an unbiased investigation right into a collection of allegations of impropriety.
Nigeria’s transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, additionally alleged that the yearly remittance of working surpluses by the regulatory physique from 2016 to 2020 was wanting the quantity due for precise remittance — a declare, which in accordance with him, must be investigated.
Whereas particulars of a few of different allegations in opposition to Usman stay unclear, sources stated acts of favouritism had been half.