The family of the founder and pioneer Managing Director of Global West Vessel Spe...t Limited (GWVSL), a maritime security company, has dragged the Managing Director of the company, Captain Winfred Itima, to court for allegedly neglecting the family of the late Captain Romeo Itima.
GWVSL was used by the former Niger Delta militant, Government Tompolo, to secure multi-billion naira contracts from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Winfred, who was considered the closest family member to the late Captain Itima, allegedly took control of his companies shortly after his death.
Joined as co-defendants are other directors of the firm, Mr. Oluwagbenga Leke Oyewole and Mr. Olabisi Idowu Afolabi. The plantiffs are the wife of Captain Romeo Itima, Helen and two of her children, Zion Itima and Kevin A. Itima.
The suit designated: FHC/CS/1123/2017 was filed before Justice Babs Kuemi of the Federal High Court, Lagos. The preliminary hearing held on May 16.
In the suit, the plaintiffs averred that late Itima established the company in Nigeria in 2009 to combat piracy and associated crimes plaguing Nigeria?s territorial waters, adding that it was a way he intended to contribute his quota in salvaging Nigeria?s maritime security domain, sloughing his wealth of experience as a master mariner with a rich shipping experience from the United States.
The late Captain was said to have died on August 7, 2012, in Escravos, Delta State, where he reportedly fell off a boat and drowned.