- Godswill Akpabio has faulted a report claiming he gave $5 million to the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami
- The minister of Niger Delta Affairs stated that the allegations making the rounds are ridiculous
- Malami had earlier debunked the fake report, describing it as an attempt to cast doubts on his reputation
Godswill Akpabio, the minister of Niger Delta Affairs has denied ever giving the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, and others $5 million as a bribe.
Akpabio was said to have made the denial when reacting to claims that he bribed Malami to get Effiong Akwa appointed as sole administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Premium Times reported.
The former Senate minority leader in a statement issued by his media aide, Anietie Ekong on Saturday, January 16, faulted the report and described it as ridiculous.
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This is coming two days after the attorney general of the federation faulted reports which alleged that he collected bribe from Akpabio.
Malami in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, on Friday, January 15, described the report as false.
The statement said the report is a fictitious and malicious publication by alleged mischief-makers. The spokesperson of the attorney general pointed out that the story is an attempt to cast doubts on the reputation of Malami.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of an interim administrator to oversee the affairs of the NDDC.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, and seen by Legit.ng on Saturday, December 12, 2020.
The action of the president signals the end of Kemebradikumo Pondei's era as the boss of the interventionist agency.
In a related development, a Federal High Court in Abuja granted an order to investigate Akpabio and the five members of the embattled NDDC interim management committee over allegations of N3 billion contract fraud.
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, ex-agitators, and the Watchdog for Progressive Ijaw (WPI) have also thrown their weight behind the order.
In suit number ABJ/CS/617/2020, Justice Mohammed, in a ruling on an application by a Civil Society Organisation Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, restrained the affected officials from parading themselves as board members of the NDDC.
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