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Senate orders the arrest of NDDC management over misappropriated N2.6 billion

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The Senate Committee on public petition has on Monday ordered the arrest of the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The order was issued by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure following the agency’s management disregard of the Senate’s invitation to account for how the sum of N2.6 billion palliative fund it got from the Federal Government was misappropriated.

Recall that the Senate panel which had been investigating the alleged misappropriation of the palliatives funds has found the agency’s management uncooperative in the investigation.

The investigation began off the back of allegations from the NDDC palliative Chairman, Mr Jackrich Sobomabo that the funds was misappropriated by the NDDC management.

The Senate threatened to arrest the Interim Administrator, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Effiong Akwa, if he fails to honour a fourth invitation, dated February 5 to appear before the Senate on February 22. He had disregarded three earlier invitations.

Speaking on the warrant of arrest, Mr Sobomabo decried how he had put in efforts to get the palliatives.

He said, “I was appointed the palliative Chairman, but when the sum of N2.6 billion was released by the Federal Government, the NDDC management spent the fund without my knowledge.

“It’s unfortunate that they have been evasive when the Senate Committee wanted them to come and explain how the fund was spent.

“If they eventually come around and explain satisfactorily, I will be alright, but they must appear to explain how the fund was disbursed.

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