- DSS has invited an official of the NDDC, Sobomabo Jackrich over his allegations that N6.25bn COVID-19 palliatives were diverted
- Jackrich alleged that IMC of the NDDC diverted the funds approved as COVID-19 palliative for Niger Delta indigenes
- The DSS quizzed the chairman of the COVID-19 palliative committee following a petition he sent to the National Assembly
A report by The Nation indicates that the Department of State Service (DSS) invited High Chief Sobomabo Jackrich, the chairman, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) COVID-19 Palliative Distribution Committee (PDC) for questioning.
Legit.ng gathered that the secret police quizzed Jackrich following a petition he sent to the National Assembly accusing the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of NDDC of diverting the N6.25bn COVID-19 palliatives meant for the Niger Delta region.
The PDC chairman while confirming the development said the IMC accused him of using the NDDC letterhead to submit his petition to NASS.
He said: “I was invited August 24 to meet with the State Director of the DSS in Rivers state. The invitation, which came through a phone call from an operative from the Rivers State Command was said to be in connection with a petition from the Niger Delta Development Commission.
“The NDDC accused me, an appointee of the commission of using the letterhead of the NDDC to petition the National Assembly against the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC.
“For the avoidance of doubt and as a responsible citizen, I decided to honour the said invitation on August 25, 2020."
Jackrich went on to note that while DSS officials were interrogating him they were professional and gave him a fair hearing.
He, however, alleged that IMC's action was designed to compromise his petition which is pending before the National Assembly and other agencies.
The chairman maintained that he will not be intimidated by IMC and no amount of harassment would stop his desire to secure justice for the people of the Niger Delta.
“The IMC seeks to intimidate me from further insistence on justice in the matter knowing that the issues I raised in the petition against them are incontrovertible and undeniable.
“Hence they resorted to seeking to strangely criminalizing my use of the Commission’s Letterhead without minding that I am an appointee of the Commission and my appointment is still subsisting with my appointment letter still very much alive,” he said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Jackrich 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 IMC, Jackrich asked the committee to prepare to defend itself before the National Assembly.
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