The Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has refuted the assertions made by human rights lawyer Femi Falana, who alleged that the Agency had acquired three properties in the United Kingdom.
Falana had asserted during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program on Friday that NIMASA was involved in the purchase of these properties.
“NIMASA has just brought three properties in England under this regime. For what?” Falana asked.
“Just to take out dollars. Please, let us run this country in the interest of our people. We are not a poor country, but the government is managed in such a way that poverty is in ascendency”.
However, a few hours later, NIMASA’s spokesperson, Osagie Edward, contradicted this statement, deeming it inaccurate.
“We wish to state that there is no truth in the allegations, as NIMASA did not acquire any property in England, as claimed by Femi Falana,” Osagie said in a statement.
“Furthermore, the Agency has not acquired any property in any foreign country in over 30 years.
“While we respect the views of the learned silk on public matters, NIMASA demands that he takes responsibility and retract this false claim.
“We also use this medium to caution that he and other members of the public should verify their facts before going public with any information. The public is hereby advised to disregard the statement by Femi Falana SAN.”