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NDDC N40bn Probe: Senate Demands Written Explanations from Akpabio, Others

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Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta

The Senate Ad hoc Committee investigating the alleged misappropriation of over N40bn by the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has demanded a written explanation over his alleged involvement in the said amount belonging to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The directive was communicated to Akpabio by the Senate Ad hoc committee probing the alleged misappropriation.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi, stated this in a letter sighted by our Correspondent on Tuesday.

Sen. Adetunmbi also told the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, as well as the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to submit their memoranda .

Adetunmbi also asked the Central Bank of Nigeria( CBN), Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), the NDDC Interim Management and the commission’s previous boards, among others to submit their responses in writing.

The communication also listed the Nine Oil Producing State Governors of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Imo, Cross Rver, Anambra and Rivers, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit(NFIU) traditional rulers and contractors to submit memoranda .

He said their written submissions, which will be defended under oath at the Investigative Public Hearing, should be submitted not later than June 8, 2020.

It could be recalled that the Senate had on May 5, 2020 asked the Ad hoc panel to probe the alleged financial recklessness in the NDDC under the supervision of Godswill Akpabio as Minister of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

The communication reads in part,
“The Senate at its sitting on May 5, 2020 considered a motion on the urgent need to investigate the alleged financial recklessness in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and resolved among others to constitute an Ad hoc committee

“The committee is expected to carry out a holistic investigation into all issues relating, but not limited to the alleged misapplication and misappropriation of the sum of N40bn by the commission.

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