- The inspector general of Police and the director-general of the DSS have been urged to provide adequate security for the acting managing director for the NDDC
- The request was made in a petition sent to the heads of the agencies by the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET)
- The centre said acting MD of the NDDC has become a target for blackmail and possible assassination by agents of those persons who are afraid of the forensic audit in the commission
The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has petitioned the inspector general of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS) over the forensic audit of the activities of the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The centre urged the agencies to beef up security around the acting managing director of the commission, Joi Nunieh.
In its petition dated January, 28 and made available to Legit.ng, the centre said the forensic probe has made the MD of the commission a target for disgruntled element who may be found culpable during the probe.
The centre said the fact that the issue of certificate forgery is popping up at this material time is mainly because Nunieh has inaugurated a 50-man verification committee to audit and document projects and contracts awarded in the nine Niger Delta states.
The committee headed by Cairo Ojuugboh is expected to ascertain the authenticity or otherwise of certain suspicious Interim Payment Certificates (IPCs) paid to contractors, which has placed a debt burden of about N3 trillion on the commission.
The director of strategic communication of CESJET, Sodiq Babalola, said the centre observed that the rage trailing the inauguration of the Interim Management Committee sometime in October, 2019 by the Federal Government of Nigeria to run the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is taking an alarming dimension.
He sought security protection from relevant security agencies for the NDDC boss saying, "We can confirm that Dr. Gbene Joi Nunieh has not disappointed the Niger Delta people and indeed the whole country in carrying out her mandate."
Babalola said the huge success recorded by the committee within a very short period is there for every observer to evaluate.
According to him, the acting managing director of the commission has now become a target for blackmail and possible assassination by agents of those persons who are afraid that the tsunami of the forensic audit will soon consume them.
He said the worry of the centre at the moment is the security of Nunieh who had become a soft target by the very looters and economic saboteurs she is exposing.
''Incidences of a threat to lives of public officials in Nigeria are not new but must be swiftly nipped in the bud before they become realities," Babalola added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had written to the Senate over a proposed recomposition of the NDDC board.
The president in its letter dated Tuesday, January 28, said the recomposition of the board will be done at the end of the ongoing forensic audit of the commission which is being carried out by the interim management committee.
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