- The corruption mess in the NDDC is still generating a huge concern following the rested NASS probe
- A Nigerian lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, has told the commission to provide a list of those involved in the misappropriation of N40 billion
- Ajulo said he gave NDDC a seven-day ultimatum and failure to comply will lead to legal actions
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Kayode Ajulo, a Nigeran lawyer, has told the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to publish the names of those involved in the alleged misappropriation of N40 billion revenue and budget.
Ajulo, who gave the commission a seven-day ultimatum, made this known in a letter dated Wednesday, September 2, addressed to NDDC under the leadership of its managing director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei.
Legit.ng reported that the NDDC was recently embroiled in different corruption messes after a joint investigation by the House of Representatives and the Senate uncovered billions of naira aimlessly squandered by the commission.
The constitutional lawyer, who noted that the recent probe of NDDC by the National Assembly on the alleged misappropriation was worrisome, further stated that he would be compelled to take legal action if the commission failed to provide the list.
According to him, the names of beneficiaries should be made available to his firm pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), 2011.
The lawyer's ultimatum to NDDC came amid fresh controversy trailing the commission after the rested NASS probe
Earlier, Kolawole Johnson, head of research, strategy and programme at Act for Positive Transformation Initiative (APTI), urged the federal government to freeze the account of NDDC.
Speaking in Abuja, Kolawole said the NDDC has continued to waste the Nigerian resources even after the National Assembly probe that lifted the lids on the controversial expenses of the commission.
Kolawole further disclosed that NDDC, under Professor Pondei-led monitoring council, had squandered N9 billion in August amid numerous missteps.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Department of State Service (DSS) invited High Chief Sobomabo Jackrich, the chairman, NDDC COVID-19 Palliative Distribution Committee (PDC) for questioning.
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.
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