- His report false, misleading
Independent investigation has revealed that A United States-based Nigerian journalist, Jackson Ude, lied against the Director General, Nigerian Maritime and Administrative Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, on the allegation of N1.5trillion fraud.
Investigations further revealed that Jackson’s report against the NIMASA boss is a case of outright falsehood, as well as misleading information.
Emerging facts showed that the NIMASA DG has nothing to do with the bank account in question.
More so, the owner of the bank account. Mr Hamza Ibrahim Jamo , a retired employee of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), explained to Journalists that the said account belongs to him; and has nothing to do with the NIMASA boss, Dr Jamoh.
Report has it that Jackson was the first to tweet the story on his twitter handle – @Jacksonpbn, even as he later reported it on his online news platform – www.pointblanknews.com.
In a swift reaction, the real owner of the bank account described the report byJackson as combinations of outright falsehood, mistaken identity and total fabrication.
Thus, following the screenshot images from his chat and MTN phone number, some reporters used Truecaller application and direct phone calls to trace the owner of the line, who happens to be Mr. Jamo, a representative of Talent Enterprise, a Dubai-based training firm, and not DrJamoh- the NIMASA boss.
In a chat with journalists, he confirmed being the owner of the MTN line and the Fidelity Bank account. But he frowned at the report by Jackson – the US-based journalist, describing it as a total fabrication by the writer, as both had nothing to do with NIMASA boss.
Also, more details showed that while the NIMASA DG’s surname is Jamoh (h), the person Jackson chatted with and published screenshots of their conversation is Jamo, an almost similar surname without the letter ‘h’ at the end.
However, in his explanation Jamo, the former NNPC employee, disclosed that he retired after 35 years in service.
According to him, his gratuity was the highest amount ever paid into the Fidelity Bank account that had never harboured anything more than N100 million. He said it was the same account that Jackson reported a humongous sum to the tune of N1.5trillion.
He also revealed that the account had been closed due to activities by fraudulent individuals to steal his money.
He told journalists in a telephone interview that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had invited him between August and September 2019, when they uncovered plans by some criminal elements to hack into the account.
The anti-graft agency even arrested suspected fraudsters in Lagos, Benin and Bauchi in connection with the act, which made him to close the account for almost a year.
Meanwhile, the Dubai company Mr Jamo represents has also issued official press statement that they never had any business dealing with NIMASA.
In a statement signed by John Philip, Chief Executive Officer of Talent Expertise, it was stated, “I wish to confirm that Talent Expertise International operating out of Dubai, UAE and Abuja, Nigeria has no connection with Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, Director General of NIMASA.
‘Contrary to the said notification, Dr Bashir has never at any time held any position within TEI and he has never had a role in the formation or running of this company.
“I wish to confirm that at no time in the past has TEI had any formal or informal client/supplier relationship with NIMASA. At no time have we ever provided services to, or received payment from NIMASA”.
The statement added; “Talent Expertise International is being represented by Mr. Hamza Ibrahim Jamo as the local Nigerian Director, a retiree from Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation”.
Reporters also visited the website of TEI www.talentexpertiseintl.com where the name, profile and picture of Jamo Ibrahim Hamza were published as one of the directors.
Also, the allegation by Pointblanknews report of Mr Jackson that NIMASA boss opened the company – TEI, has equally been discovered to be false.