The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has been asked to look into this development and stop it immediately.
This was contained in a petition to Dogara titled “President Buhari- what manner of anti-corruption: Chief Henry Omorodion and Hensmor versus NIMASA; six billion eight hundred million (N6,800,000,000) judgment fraud.”
This petition obtained by our reporter was signed by the National Coordinator of Empowerment for Unemployed Youth Initiative, Comr. Solomon Adodo and the Deputy National Secretary, Comr. Suleiman Musa
The group, in the petition explained that the Chief Executive and Chairman of Hensmor Group of Companies, Omorodion in 2013 sourced a disused and abandoned vessel, an empty vessel, he purposely positioned for NIMASA to tow because it was causing a health hazard and constitute a huge danger to the maritime industry.
“Hon. Speaker, sir, I believe this sound like a fairy tale. Guess what, sir, Chief Henry Omorodion headed to the Federal High Court and in the manner of the on-going investigations into the activities of judges, connived with the Federal High Court Lagos and obtained a judgment debt of six billion, eight hundred million naira (N6,800,000,000).
“Sir, NIMASA under the leadership of Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi was infuriated. NIMASA consequently appealed the judgment and the N6.8b was deposited with the Registrar of the Federal High Court Lagos. All attempts to influence NIMASA to play ball failed because the NIMASA management felt rightly that instead of Chief Henry Omorodion being in jail, he is been rewarded with N6.8b.
“However, upon the removal of Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, Chief Henry Omorodion approached NIMASA through some powerful members of the current federal administration and powerful lawyers. NIMASA surprisingly opted to settle the matter out of court with the agreement that Chief Henry Omorodion will receive 70% of the judgment debt while NIMASA will retain 30% of the 70% Hensmor share, the federal government collaborators will receive 35% while Chief Omorodion and Hensmor will pocket 35%,” it said.
The group said that Omorodion and Hensmor Ltd are aware that the case will be thrown out at the appeal, adding that the company wants to avoid appeal.
The group, however urged the Speaker to order the Attorney-General of the Federation to stop the settlement and proceed with the appeal, adding, “we are informed that the management of NIMASA and Hensmor Ltd have approached the Federal High Court Lagos for out of Court settlement.
“Sir, kindly intervene and save the government the colossal loss in this period of austerity, economic recession and hard biting poverty.”
When our correspondent called Chief Omorodion to respond to the allegation, he said he will get back to him because he was in the bathroom. When he eventually called back, the Hensmor CEO said, “I am aware of this issue but I have to get in touch with my boss,” but as at the time of going to the press, his line was no longer longing going through.
by Bethel Tunde