- Senate has finally reacted to claims that the upper chamber sent a letter to EFCC to probe Senator Godswill Akpabio
- The upper legislative chamber denied the reports and insisted that the purported letter did not emanate from the Senate
- Recall that the deputy Senate president on Sunday, June 7, had reacted to the viral claims
The Nigerian Senate has denied reports claiming that it asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe Senator Godswill Akpabio, the minister of the Niger Delta affairs over financial corruption.
According to a report by The Nation, Nelson Ayewoh, the upper legislative chamber's clerk on Wednesday, June 10, dissociated the Senate from a letter alleging that the EFCC was ordered to investigate Akpabio.
Ayewoh in a statement in Abuja noted that a forged letter reportedly from the Senate addressed to Ibrahim Magu, the EFCC chairman, had ordered the anti-graft agency to probe the senator over corruption at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
He advised the public to disregard the false publication and fraudulent petition.
He said: "That at no time did the Office of the Clerk, Senate issue or caused to be issued, a petition seeking the monitoring and investigation of the Hon. Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, His Excellency, Senator Godswill Akpabio or any person for that matter."
Recall that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the deputy Senate president reacted to viral claims that he called on the EFCC to investigate allegations of corruption against Senator Akpabio.
There has been a report that Senator Omo-Agege directed the clerk of the National Assembly, to write the head of the anti-graft agency to probe the minister of Niger Delta affairs.
The deputy Senate president, in a statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yomi Odunuga, said that such a claim is fake. Odunuga in the statement clearly pointed out that the claim is the handy work of persons with criminal intent.
Meanwhile, as the scandal in the NDDC continues to grow, the minister of Niger Delta Affairs has denied allegations that he wrote personal letters to Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.
Nwaoboshi, chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs had alleged that Akpabio when he was Senate minority leader, wrote him requesting for intervention projects in his senatorial district during the 8th Senate.
However, Akpabio has dismissed the allegations in a statement by his chief press secretary, Anietie Ekong. The minister said the allegation that he solicited for NDDC contracts to the tune of N500 million is false.
In a related development, the National Assembly on Tuesday, May 5, passed a resolution to investigate an allegation of N40 billion fraud against the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC.
This is coming after Senator Thompson Sekibo, the chairman of the Senate committee on Navy, debated the motion which he sponsored on how the IMC spent N40 billion within three months.
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