NDDC house of fraud: Suspend Akpabio, others — SERAP tells Buhari
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP has asked the President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, and all those involved in the corruption allegations pending the outcome of investigation.
SERAP, an NGO also urged the President to set up a presidential investigative panel to probe corruption allegations in the Niger Delta Development Commission. NDDC.
The organisation says a special panel was necessary to probe the agency as the investigation by the National Assembly has been “controversial and has turned into a ‘dirty fight’”.
This was contained in an open letter dated June 18 and signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
In the letter, SERAP asked the presidential panel, if set up, to probe the allegations that the NDDC spent N81.5 billion on travels, condolences, consultancy and public communication between January and July 2020.
The letter partly read, “SERAP also urges you to instruct the police authorities and security agencies to immediately end the harassment and intimidation of Ms Joy Nunieh, former Acting Managing Director of NDDC, or any other witnesses and whistle-blowers. Suspected perpetrators will escape justice if witnesses and whistle-blowers are intimidated, harassed or threatened.
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