Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) PLC, a ground and cargo handling company, has stated categorically that the allegation by the former managing director of NAHCO Free Trade Zone Limited, one of its subsidiaries, that its warehouse facility was used to store unwholesome cargo was far from the truth and baseless.
NAHCO said that its facility as alleged by the former managing director NAHCO Free Trade Zone Limited on Africa Independent Television (AIT) News recently was never used to store unwholesome goods (weapons), saying it would never possible for such a practice to take place as all its operations were being regulated and scrutinized by various government agencies like the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria Security and Exchange Commission, Nigeria Customs Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Department of State Security, Nigeria Police Explosive Unit, among others.
The Group Managing Director of NAHCO PLC, Mrs. Olatokunbo Fagbemi denied the allegation in a statement issued by NAHCO PLC and signed by her, saying that the company would not succumb to blackmail and that the company could not have done such a thing taking into account the reputation it has built over the years and critical services it is offering the nation and many stakeholders both local and international in the country’s aviation industry.
She noted that various independent investigations had been carried out by the House of Representatives Committee of Public Petitions and the Presidential Committee on Trade Malpractices and found the allegation unfounded, which, she said, was the fulcrum of the suit between NAHCO and Mr. Baba Yusuf before the Federal High Court in Lagos.
According to Fagbemi, ‘’the attention of NAHCO PLC has been drawn to a media report on Africa Independent Television (AIT) 8 PM News on Wednesday 14th of October, 2020 where the erstwhile managing director of NHACO Free Trade Zone Limited leveled a grievous and unfounded allegation against NAHCO.
‘’We wish to draw the attention of the general public to the fact that our operations are properly regulated by the relevant government agencies, such as the Corporate Affairs Commission, the Security and Exchange Commission, Nigeria Customs Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Department of State Security, Nigeria Police Explosive Unit, among others.
“Our leadership in the nation’s aviation ground and cargo handling business has been unparallel with three subsidiaries – NAHCO Free Trade Zone Limited, Mainland Cargo Options Limited and NAHCO Energy Power and Infrastructure Limited – and the company has continually shown the way in this critical service sectors through its first achievements in the Nigerian aviation industry with over 40 years corporate organizational goodwill employing over 2000 Nigerians, as such, NAHCO will not succumb to blackmail.”
Fagbemi, however, urged the public to disregard the allegation and the media should be wary of being employed to circulate any publication whatsoever emanating from the aggrieved erstwhile managing director of NAHCO Free Trade Zone Limited who despite initiated a suit against the NAHCO in the court has continued to spread unfounded allegation against NAHCO.