In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 09th, August, 2020

How Ex-NDDC Chairman ‘Squandered N1bn On Juju’ in 2008, Burnt N270m Inside Graveyard

How Ex-NDDC Chairman 'Squandered N1bn On Juju' in 2008, Burnt N270m Inside Graveyard

Sam Edem

Sam Edem

Just like the drama that performed out when the present appearing managing director (MD) of the Niger Delta Growth Fee (NDDC) slumped at a home of representatives listening to, occasions on the fee 12 years in the past additionally seemed like a scripted Nollywood film.

However it was certainly a real story.

In 2008, Sam Edem, then NDDC chairman, allegedly spent N1 billion on black magic popularly generally known as “juju” — to assist him safe authorities contracts.

Edem was alleged to have diverted the cash from authorities coffers to rent a sorcerer for rituals to help his success within the contracts.

He was mentioned to be pursuing the contracts from the Akwa Ibom state authorities on the time.

Along with the N1 billion, the previous NDDC boss additionally allegedly burnt N270 million in a ritual after which he rubbed the ash on his physique.

The ritual, mentioned to have taken place at a midnight ceremony in a Port Harcourt cemetery, was to “assist safe his place (at NDDC) and entice extra patronage from the authorities”.

In response to the police, Perebakowe Ogah, the sorcerer who was reportedly contracted by Edem, mentioned he was given cash to solid a spell that will kill Timi Alaibe, Edem’s rival on the NDDC.

The police had mentioned Ogah additionally confessed to performing the ritual on the Port Harcourt cemetery.

Though Edem denied the allegations, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, president on the time, suspended him from workplace and ordered a full scale investigation into the allegations.

The police later arraigned him in courtroom and mentioned they believed that “that is cash from the Nigerian authorities, cash that ought to have been used to develop the Niger Delta.”

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Twelve years down the road, allegations bordering on corruption and mismanagement of public funds are nonetheless rocking the NDDC.

Each chambers of the nationwide meeting are at present probing the alleged mismanagement of N81 billion by the interim administration committee (IMC) of the fee led by Kemebradikumo Pondei, NDDC appearing managing director.

 

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Supply: TheCable

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