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Group seeks probe of NDDC’s IMC tenure as ex-militants back Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to direct the EFCC and other anti-graft agencies to look into the IMC operations at the NDDC to unearth the alleged looting that has been going on in the last six months.

“The National Assembly must not sit idly by and be silent while the resources of the Niger-Delta people are pillaged… We call on Mr President to dissolve the IMC without further delay and put in place a substantive Board in line with the NDDC Act,” the Transparency and Accountability Advancement Group said.

Its Coordinator, Comrade Godknows Sotonye said “ We are sounding the alarm because of a recent report that the minister has queried his IMC over some developments in the commission, which we state emphatically is only intended to deceive by giving the impression that the allegations are being investigated.

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“It is obvious that the minister is jittery because his corruption enterprise at the NDDC has been exposed for the world to see, and it has become increasingly clear to all that his posturing is only meant to deceive the gullible.”

But former militant leaders, under the aegis of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI), have backed the tenure extension of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

They lauded the Nigerian leader over his “refusal to be swayed by the campaign of calumny and blackmail against members of the IMC.”

In a statement by their president, Pastor Clifford Wilson, the ex-freedom fighters said the people of the Niger Delta region were “happy with the decision to extend the tenure of the IMC led by the Acting Managing Director, Professor Kemebradikumi Daniel Pondei.

“We are happy with the manner in which Professor Kemebradikumi Daniel Pondei and his team are managing and running the interventionist body, and we want to pass a vote of confidence on the team because we have not seen anything wrong since they assumed office, rather they are doing everything within limited resources to provide succours to our people,” the added.

On the “constant sponsored attacks against political office holders from the region,” the erstwhile warlords warned the perpetrators to desist forthwith.

“The people must learn to eschew bitterness and accommodate one another without throwing spanners in their works. We, as Niger Delta people, must learn to always support our own. No one is 100 per cent perfect, but we shouldn’t drag them into opprobrium always particularly in the media mostly borne out of selfishness.”

“We can disagree to agree on issues of wrongness and rightness based on perceptions, but let it be done away from the media by not causing disrepute and damage on the image of a political office holder,” they pleaded.

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