In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 01st, August, 2020

Apprehension As Senate Probes Contemporary Multi-Billion Naira Fraud In NDDC

Apprehension As Senate Probes Fresh Multi-Billion Naira Fraud In NDDC

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In line with The PUNCH, the Senate stated it had obtained contemporary fraud allegations in opposition to the administration of the Niger Delta Growth Fee.

The purple chamber stated the brand new monetary infractions weren’t captured within the listing of the allegation of N40bn reckless spending which a whistle-blower introduced in opposition to the NDDC to the parliament not too long ago.

The Senate stated the contemporary probe could be dealt with by the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

The chairman of the panel, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, confirmed the growth in an unique interview with our correspondent in Abuja.

He defined that the performing Managing Director of the NDDC, Kemebradikumo Pondei, could be summoned after the Senate panel had concluded its public listening to involving the United Financial institution for Africa Plc and the liquidators of the defunct NITEL/EMTEL, which might happen subsequent Wednesday.

Akinyelure stated, “There’s a petition that has simply been despatched to my committee by the management of the Senate.

“I obtained it on Tuesday. It’s in regards to the alleged fraudulent practices of the performing Managing Director of the Niger Delta Growth Fee.

“I’ll take my time to check the petition. Our committee will invite him as quickly as we conclude listening to on the case involving the UBA which is earlier than our committee.

“We are going to invite the MD to return and clarify to the entire world how he allegedly misappropriated billions of funds as the pinnacle of the company.”

Akinyelure, who didn’t give additional clue into the content material of the petition in opposition to Pondei, nonetheless, stated the embattled MD would additionally reply questions on allegations of contract rip-off in opposition to some federal lawmakers.

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The senator from Ondo Central stated, “He (Pondei) can even inform Nigerians in regards to the particulars of the senators who allegedly took gratification and contracts from him.

“He should come and show it past cheap doubts. No senator awards contracts. We are able to solely facilitate challenge allocation for our varied constituencies.

 

“We don’t even know when the manager would promote these tasks.

“Our job is to make sure that the challenge is executed. If any Senator or Home of Representatives member had gone to the NDDC administration to take cash or contract, we are going to ask the MD to reveal such an individual.

“The NDDC ought to cease blackmailing all the Senate. We now have 109 members within the Senate. We’re celebrated Nigerians.

“We had been millionaires earlier than we got here into the Senate. We had jobs. All of the allegations in opposition to us are fallacy of the best order.”

Investigations by one in every of our correspondents revealed that the contemporary petition in opposition to Pondei was despatched to the management of the Senate after the chamber’s advert hoc panel had concluded its probe of the NDDC and even submitted its report.

The report of the panel, led by Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi, was thought of and authorized by the higher chamber earlier than continuing on its annual trip final week.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, nonetheless, gave a touch about a number of the contemporary allegations in opposition to Pondei in a press release he signed final week.

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Nwaoboshi had whereas reacting to the allegations by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, questioned whereas the previous Akwa Ibom State governor selected to blackmail lawmakers as a substitute of checking the alleged every day reckless spending within the NDDC regardless of its probe by the Nationwide Meeting.

Nwaoboshi alleged that the Interim Administration Committee of the NDDC beneath Pondei paid N39.4m to a media outfit, Messrs Clear Level Consultancy, to defend media assaults in opposition to Akpabio.

He alleged that Pondei’s IMC was utilizing taxpayers’ cash to launder Akpabio’s picture.

The senator additionally stated the IMC was allegedly paying N51.8m each month as an allowance to Pondei whereas different members of the crew had been allegedly being paid N18m month-to-month.

Nwaoboshi stated, “The above revelations are only a tip of the mind-boggling and reckless funds working into billions of naira by the IMC members to themselves and expended with the approval of Mr Akpabio.”

The Senate had final Thursday referred to as for the dissolution of the IMC.

It additionally requested the embattled IMC, led by Pondei, to refund an extra-budgetary expenditure amounting to N4.923bn to the NDDC accounts.

The purple chamber took the choice after approving the suggestions of its advert hoc committee.

The advert hoc panel was set as much as unravel the alleged monetary recklessness on the NDDC between October 2019 and Could 2020.

The Senate requested the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation in the Presidency to take over the supervisory function of the NDDC.

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, had stated the report would be submitted to the President, Main Common Muhammadu Buhari (retd), who based on him, was “eagerly anticipating it.”

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