Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has accused the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA) of siphoning the country’s scarce foreign cash to buy three homes in the United Kingdom (UK).
Falana made the claim while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, August 18, 2023.
They took dollars out
- Falana during the discussion asked, “NIMASA has just brought three properties in England under this regime. For what?’’
- He said, “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.’’
NIMASA denies allegation
However, hours after the allegation was made by Falana, the spokesman of NIMASA, Osagie Edward, faulted the comment, describing it as false.
He maintained that the NIMASA did not acquire any property in England, adding that the agency has not acquired any property outside the country in over 30 years.
- Osagie in a statement said, “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.
- “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.”
What you should know
In another development, Falana, who had been very critical of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s policy on the float of the naira, said he has taken the apex bank to court over the action which he described as illegal.
He stated that the CBN act made it compulsory for the apex bank to fix the exchange rate.
Falana, who insisted that there is no provision for floating the naira, noted the decision to allow the value of the naira to be determined by market forces is not backed by law.