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Ude’s Allegation On Trans Forcados Pipeline Is Another Attempt To Tarnish Okunbo’s Reputation – OMSL MD

Ocean Marine Solutions (OMSL) has debunked an allegation by Jackson Ude, claiming that the company was in a contractrual relationship with Trans Forcados Pipeline (TFP) in 2018.

Ude, in a tweet, had attached bank statements from January to February, 2018, purported to reflect the company’s transactions with TFP. He alleged that the company collected $18.84 million from the “inflated contract” to secure the 87-kilometre pipeline.

But in a statement signed by OMSL’s Managing Director, Rear Admiral Ameen Ikioda (Retd.), on Tuesday, the company described the allegation as false and an attempt to tarnish its reputation and that of its chairman, Capt. Hosa Okunbo.

The company noted that OMSL was not in contractual relationship with TFP as at February 2018, as claimed by Ude.

It further stated that Ude has a history of “tarnishing” Nigerian brands with “unsubstantiated contents.”

While urging members of the public to disregard the allegation, the company said it has put its legal team on notice “to deal with such malicious write-ups.”

“Our attention has once again been drawn to another, in the series of orchestrated, sponsored and malicious media onslaughts and blackmails against our company, OMSL and our respected chairman, Capt. Hosa Okunbo,” the statement said.

“In the latest tirade tweeted by one Jackson Ude, whose trade in stock has been to fabricate utter falsehood and disseminate via multiple social media platforms, the pen-for-hire writer alluded to an alleged Trans Forcados Pipeline (TFP) contract, and attached bank statements from January to February, 2018 purported to reflect our transactions.

“It is very laughable that Ude and his sponsors, as well as those mischievously escalating the fake news, clearly got it wrong, as their fabrication has holes in it.

“Blinded by mischief and pull-him-down syndrome, they ought to have known that OMSL was not in contractual relationship with TFP as at February 2018. That assertion is completely false.

“It should be stated that Jackson Ude is in the trade of tarnishing Nigerian brands with unsubstantiated contents. He had unsuccessfully attempted in 2015 to scandalise our company and Capt. Okunbo by creating a non-existent story linking us with the activities of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke while in office.

“Only weeks ago, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had to petition the Inspector-General Police, demanding a thorough investigation of the blogger after publishing malicious story, in which he alleged that the suspended acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, facing a presidential probe, told the investigative panel that he gave N4bn to Osinbajo. Not only has Magu debunked the claim; the panel has also released statement putting a lie to Ude’s allegation.

“This is calling on unsuspecting public to be wary of Ude’s shenanigans, as we also wish to sound a note of warning to all those who have made it their pastime to sponsor malicious write-ups, tweets and online publications against OMSL and our chairman, that their day of reckoning is not far away.

“We have put our legal team on notice to deal with such malicious write-ups.

“We also urge the general public to kindly disregard the Ude mischievous tweets and similar others, for what they are: blatantly false and malicious.”

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