- The EFCC has begun a probe into an allegation made against Godswill Akpabio and Daniel Pondei
- The duo has been accused of diverting the sum of N40 billion
- The probe followed a petition made against Akpabio and Pondei by the Foundation for True Freedom and Good Governance
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Investigations into an allegation of diversion of public funds have begun against the minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, and Professor Daniel Pondei of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The probe is being carried out by the Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Akpabio and the acting managing director of the NDDC who have both been accused of diverting the sum of N40 billion.
The probe began after the Foundation for True Freedom and Good Governance sent a petition against the duo to the anti-graft agency.
Part of the EFCC's letter of acknowledgement to the foundation's petition read: “We write to acknowledge the receipt of your petition dated 3rd August 2020 in respect of the above subject and to inform you that investigation into the case has commenced.
“In view of the above you are kindly requested to attend an interview with the undersigned through O/C team 6 on Thursday, August 20th at the EFCC headquarters, Jabi, Abuja.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the management of the NDDC had denied fresh corruption allegations levelled against it, saying they were attempts "to heat up the polity."
The commission, in a statement released by its director of corporate affairs Charles Obi Odili, said the purported allegations are a repetition of accusations of alleged financial recklessness in which the NDDC was grilled in July.
The Senate called for the IMC dissolution during a plenary on Thursday, July 23, after the probe panel led by Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi said it discovered various financial infractions and reckless spendings in the account of the commission.
Isa Sadiq Raddah, member of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), had made another revelation as the corruption probe into the NDDC hit new dimension.
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