Senate Orders Arrest of NDDC Management Over N2.6 billion Palliative Fraud
The upper chamber of the National Assembly has issued an arrest warrant for the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
Senator Ayo Akinyelure, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Petition, Ethics and Privileges, issued the order after management failed to comply with the Senate panel’s invitation to account for the amount spent on the N2.6 billion palliative fund released by the Federal Government.
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It was difficult for the Senate panel that started the inquiry into the suspected misappropriation of the N2.6 billion palliative fund to have the NDDC management interviewed.
At the behest of the NDDC palliative chairman, Mr. Jackrich Sobomabo, the petition insisted that the fund that was supposed to be disbursed under his control was diverted by the management of the NDDC.
Mr. Jackrich Sobomabo, speaking after the arrest warrant, regretted how he placed his commitment and energy into palliative management before the NDDC leadership allegedly misappropriated the funds.
I was named as palliative chairman, but when the Federal Government released the amount of N2.6 billion, the NDDC management spent the fund without my knowledge.
“It is sad that when the Senate Committee needed them to come and explain how the fund was spent, they were evasive.
I would be okay if they finally come around and explain satisfactorily, but they must seem to explain how the fund has been disbursed.
He expressed optimism that the Nigerian Senate would bring the perpetrators to book.