EFCC Launches Probe Of NDDC Fraud Allegations 

Richard Ginika Izuora

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, August 19, said it has launched investigations into allegations of financial mismanagement against the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio; and the acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei.

This was also contained in a letter by the EFCC addressed to a group, Foundation for True Freedom and Good Governance, under the leadership of Deji Adeyanju.

The letter, which was signed by the Head, Economic Governance Section, Adebayo Adeniyi, and dated August 14, 2020, is titled, ‘Re: Request for Investigation of Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, and Prof. Daniel Pondei, acting MD NDDC over Corruption Allegations of Diversion of Public Funds’

The letter read in part: “We write to acknowledge the receipt of your petition dated August 3, 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 the O/C team six on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at EFCC headquarters third floor.”

The leadership of the NDDC had been the subject of controversial probes; by committees of both chambers of the National Assembly over the alleged mismanagement of about N80 billion.

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