Senator Akpabio Indicted In NDDC Scam

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The Senate Committee on the Niger Delta Affairs on Wednesday released documents to justify its allegations that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, requested the inclusion of about N500m worth of projects in the NDDC 2017 budget.

The National Assembly is currently investigating the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Commission, (NDDC) over alleged “reckless spending” of N40bn, between January and April this year.

The Senate had set up an ad hoc committee to probe the alleged scam, the NDDC panel members have been accused of corruption by the IMC.

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Peter Nwaoboshi, the Chairman of the Senate panel on NDDC, had last week alleged that Akpabio, who served in the 8th Senate, wrote to seek the leave of the panel to push his constituency projects through the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Nwaoboshi said he granted Akpabio’s request as Chairman of the Senate Committee during the 8th Senate.

One of the Documents indicted that in August 2017, Akpabio requested for the projects worth N500m from the NDDC and suggested the fixed amount each of them would cost.

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However, Akpabio in a press statement on Tuesday denied these allegations.

The documents indicting Akpabio were released to journalists at the National Assembly on Wednesday.

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