ICPC grills NDDC directors for financial fraud

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has grilled the top creme of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over the unresolved allegations of financial fraud leveled against the commission.

Azuka Ogugua, the spokesperson of the anti-graft agency said some directors of NDDC were interrogated at the Commission’s headquarters recently, in line with the unanswered questions with regard to the commission’s unchecked spendings within the last six months.

She further said that the decision-makers of the agency are being investigated for allegedly diverting the sum of N5.474 billion slated for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers battling the coronavirus pandemic in the nine states of NDDC.

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“The Commission is also investigating the payments of millions of naira to staff of the agency for foreign trainings during the Covid-19 full lockdown which were never attended, as well as the non-payment of entitlements to students on foreign scholarships”

“Other allegations being investigated by ICPC include the selling of back-dated contract award letters for projects and awards of contracts that were not captured in the budget of the NDDC”

“ICPC had already retrieved relevant documents with which to continue investigations towards the recovery of diverted funds and prosecution of breaches of the law” she said.

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