- An official of the NDDC has declared that he has evidence to support his allegations that N6.25bn COVID-19 palliatives was diverted
- The chairman of the NDDC COVID-19 palliatives distribution committee, Sobomabo Jackrich, revealed this in a statement
- Jackrich also denied submitting a petition on the alleged diversion to blackmail the Interim Management Committee
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A report by The Nation indicates that Sobomabo Jackrich, the chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) COVID-19 Palliative Distribution Committee (PDC) has opened a can of worms
He said he has evidence to back his allegations of diversion of N6.25bn COVID-19 palliatives.
Jackrich who disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt over the weekend maintained that for every allegation contained in his petition he had evidence.
While denying he submitted a petition on the alleged diversion to blackmail the Interim Management Committee (IMC), Jackrich asked the committee to prepare to defend itself before the National Assembly.
He also stated that no week propaganda will stop him from setting the records straight.
Jackrich described IMC's response to his petition as amusing, adding that it was ridiculous for him to be referred to as the erstwhile chairman of the NDDC COVID-19 palliatives distribution.
It would be recalled that Jackrich alleged that IMC of the NDDC allegedly diverted N6.25 billion approved as COVID-19 palliative by President Muhammadu Buhari for Niger Delta indigenes.
The chairman of the PDC made the allegation in a petition dated Monday, August 3, sent to the Senate and House of Representatives.
He called on both chambers of the National Assembly to investigate his claim with a view to compelling management led by Prof. Keme Pondei to account for the money.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has thrown its weight behind the forensic audit of the NDDC.
The president of the group, Timothy Igbifa, said the forensic audit should be allowed to go on as it will reveal the identity of those responsible for the corruption in the commission.
Igbifa condemned the media trial of the acting managing director of the NDDC, Kemebradikumo Pondei, and the IMC.
In other news, Prof. Pondei has petitioned the Inspector General of Police over the refusal of seven contractors to deliver on what they were paid for.
The contractors are to supply chairs and desks worth N1.625 billion fully paid for by the commission for primary and secondary schools in the nine states of the Niger Delta Region.
Pondei, who is the acting managing director of NDDC, in a six-page petition dated July 29, entitled “Re: Forwarding of documents in respect of ongoing investigation,” claimed the contractors were each paid the sum of N232,209,600.00 to manufacture the chairs and desks.
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