N4 Billion Fraud: Ex NIMASA boss, Omatseye, spends 8 days in EFCC jail...to be arraigned this week...As Waziri, Jonathan resist pressures for his release
Ex Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Temisan Omatseye, is spending his eight day in the Abuja detention center of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), as he awaits his day in court this week, over alleged misappropriation of N4 Billion, and award of rogue contracts.
Omatseye is alleged to have doled out dodgy contracts to several cronies, and party men. They include coastal surveillance, maritime security and maritime pollution.
Pointblanknews.com sources in Abuja hinted Monday that President Goodluck Jonathan, and the EFCC boss, Farida Waziri have resisted pressures from very influential people, especially some top party men who benefited from Omatseye's fraudulent contract jamboree, who want the rogue NIMASA boss freed.
Omatseye was arrested last Wednesday by operatives of the EFCC. This is his second trip the EFCC in barely a month. He was first picked up last month alongside his Director of Finance, Bulama Ago, and that of Procurement, Shehu Kabir. After few days with EFCC interrogators in Ikoyi and Abuja they were released.
But the Chairman of the NIMSA Board led by Senator Baba Tella insisted that Omatseye should be removed and prosecuted.
Pointblanknews.com sources said after he was indicted by the Board, Omatseye used his contacts in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to temporarily block his removal and eventual arrest.
According to top sources in Abuja, when Jonathan got wind of the maneuvers, he directed the SGF to fire him, and ensure every allegation of wrongdoing, fraud etc are investigated by the appropriate agency.
Said our source “there are pressures from very top quarters concerning NIMASA boss. The Chairman and the President have been inundated with strings of pressures to go soft on him, but they have refused to budge “
“ Omatseye has contacts everywhere, he awarded strings of contracts. The board of NIMASA could not check him..even when they removed him he ran to Abuja to press some buttons.”