Some of the ships seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have begun to sink across the country, and PUNCH has confidently said that many of the ships seized temporarily and permanently are being damaged due to lack of maintenance.
Sources in the House of Representatives told our correspondent that the Nigerian Navy, which was responsible for controlling the seized, returned or looted assets, had no budget and had no budget to take care of its assets.
According to lawmakers, most of the ships are in Lagos State and have been severely damaged by deforestation.
The House of Representatives’ Interim Committee reviewed the status of movable and immovable property recovered by the Federal Government of Nigeria from 2002 to 2020, and recently launched an inspection of the site. For visual review.
As the investigation progressed, some members of the committee who spoke to our reporter expressed dissatisfaction with what they saw during the visit.
One member said, “Some of these properties are still managed by third parties. But most of them are completely sealed. Like businesses, they allow people who work on the premises to continue, while paying for a recovery account ነው You are paying rent to the EFCC. But for those who are not like that, those who are packaged are also getting cheaper.
Now, let me tell you – it was a scary place. Most of the captured ships sank in droves – three or four sank as no one could take care of them.
“Indeed, most of the waters in Lagos ‘waters have plummeted — they’ s holding the shell when it dies. This is what happened to most ships. About 10 percent fell into the water, and the rest were in a state of shock and could not get much value again.
Asked about the number of ships and ships across the country, he said more than 30 were in Port Harcourt, about 10 in Bary, 10 in Bayelsa. They are in a really bad situation.
The source said the “most valuable are in Port Harcourt” and that they are all under the control of the Nigerian Navy.
“Although they were taken over by the EFFC, the EFCC cannot protect them; they are protected by the navy,” he said.
“As a result, the ships, which were supposed to be in service, have been stranded for seven years,” he said.
“At first I was skeptical of underwater history. We went to the water. I did not believe that they were swallowed up. But we have seen ships in the water, ”he added.
Another member of the committee was asked how the property felt in the panel felt as the federal government lamented the lack of revenue and the start of local and international loans.
“The problem is that there is a big difference between selling and bidding,” he said. Most ships and boats were seized five years ago; The minimum is two years ago. And they are all still there. And these are assets that cannot be left on for a long time; They are declining assets.
“The water in Nigeria is very rusty due to its high salinity.
Responding to a question on whether negotiation was an option, lawmakers said the government and anti-corruption agencies had to file a petition before ordering the ships to be seized temporarily and permanently.
The lawyer added, “Part of the problem is that a lot of money is being spent by the navy to protect and sustain them and no one is going to repay the navy. So if we have about 100 ships and six naval ranks on each ship, every day, navy people control the sea, so about 600 of you are associated with these assets.
“They also get fuel and eat there. However, the EFCC will not reimburse the Navy for the cost of its assets. As a result, the navy is becoming a burden and the level of maintenance is gradually declining.
“And since the navy was part of the seizure process, given the current situation, the navy is not encouraged to carry out further attacks. When you grab something and realize it is a burden on you, you agree to let go of the part (s).
Committee Chairman Adejo Adeogon, however, declined to comment on the visions. When contacted to confirm the discovery, he said, “You do not expect me to speak on a quest. The details you need will be provided in our report to the council.
Federation spokesman Omar Gwandu could not be reached for comment by EFCC spokesman Wilson Uujare on Sunday.
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