- Godswill Akpabo has been summoned over ongoing NDDC probe
- The minister will appear before the House of Rep committee on Monday, July 20
- The Niger Delta minister has been fingered in some shoddy deals in NDDC
As the corruption mess in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) continues to dig deeper, the House of Representatives has summoned the minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akapbio.
Akpabio was slammed with a summon notice on Friday, July 17, by the House of Reps committee on the Niger Delta commission.
Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, the managing director of the commission, was also summoned barely 24 hours he walked out of the probing committee.
The decision to summon the former Akwa Ibom governor was reached after Joi Nunieh, a former MD of NDDC, had alleged that Akpabio committed a criminal offence punishable by life imprisonment.
Nunieh gave her testimony at the House Committee on public hearing via zoom on Friday.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Joy Nunieh was rescued from house arrest by some security operatives who had earlier besieged her residence in Port Harcourt.
Some security officers had surrounded Nunieh's house preventing anyone from both going in or leaving the building.
However, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers in his official vehicle forced his way into Nunieh's house and drove out with her.
Meanwhile, Pondei has alleged that the NDDC budget in 2019 was inflated with about 500 fake projects by the National Assembly.
The NDDC boss made the disclosure on Tuesday, May 26, while responding to allegations of corruption and misappropriation of funds levelled against the interim management committee.
Addressing journalists in Rivers state, the NDDC's acting MD said the discovery was made while investigating the 2019 appropriation to the commission.
“We discovered that after NDDC forwarded its budget to the national assembly committees on NDDC, what was sent back to the commission was no longer recognisable,” Pondei said.
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