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Firm denies EFCC’s sealing of its Delta safety training centre

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Opeans Nigeria Limited, operators of Opeans Safety Training Centre has denied reports that its premises in Warri, Delta State was sealed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Another company operating a similar training centre, Lym Consults Nigeria Limited, also based in Warri, had petitioned the EFCC alleging that Opeans was issuing International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) certificates to offshore oil workers without approval.

But Executive Director of Opeans Nigeria Limited, Dr. Ben Nwoye, told journalists who he conducted round the training centre that it was still in operation and that at no time did the EFCC seal its facility as alleged.Nwoye, however, disclosed that some staff of the company were arrested and taken to EFCC’s Benin Zonal Office over a petition alleging that the company was issuing fake IADC.

He described the allegation against the company as unfounded, mischievous and false, explaining that the company’s staff members who were arrested by operatives of the anti-graft agency had since been released.He said the Opeans Nigeria Limited, which began operations about four months ago was fully authorised and certified by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and other safety regulating agencies and had never been involved in any fraudulent practices.

Nwoye revealed that the owner of Lym Consults Nigeria Limited, Mr. Larry Otu, who also offer the same safety training services, had warned him to dismantle Opeans training centre and leave the Warri area for him since he was the first to establish there. He added that Lym saw his training centre as a threat because it was better equipped.

“I was worried when I heard that my centre was sealed by operatives of EFCC. I got to EFCC without invitation and saw that Otu wrote the petition.“Larry Otu is the Chief Executive of Lym Consults, another offshore training firm in Warri. It didn’t come to me as a surprise, as the same petition had already gone to DPR. I have been investigated by DPR on the same allegation and they found no reason to shut down the centre,” he said.

However, when contacted, Otu said he wrote to the IADC headquarters in Houston, Texas to verify if Opeans Nigeria Limited was truly IADC approved to provide Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET), Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Survival at Sea (SAS).He explained that he was shocked when IADC’s Vice President, Accreditation Operations, Mark Denkowski, replied that Opeans Nigeria Limited was not an IADC accredited training provider.

Meanwhile, a Legislative Aide to Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege on Youth Affairs, Mr. Efe Ugbarugba narrowly escaped death when unknown gunmen attacked him.The incident took place on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Otokutu Agbarha in Ughelli North Local Council of Delta State.Ugbarugba, who is also an All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Leader in Ughelli, while narrating his ordeal, said he was trying to park his car after an evening out on Friday, when some gunmen rained bullets on his car from different directions for several minutes.


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