ICPC quizzes NDDC directors, others over N5.4b fraud
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has quizzed top management staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), over allegations of corruption, including diversion of funds, procurement fraud and misappropriation of the agency’s COVID-19 funds.
ICPC, in a statement signed by its Spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, disclosed that some NDDC directors were interrogated at the Commission’s headquarters recently, after months of intelligence gathering, following the receipt of petitions from Nigerians on the alleged illegalities and contracts fraud by some officials of the agency
Ogugua said top officials of the agency were being investigated for their complicity in an alleged diversion of N5.474b, meant for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the nine states of NDDC.
She said: “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 backdated contract award letters for projects and awards of contracts that were not captured in NDDC budget.
“ICPC had already retrieved relevant documents with which to continue investigations towards the recovery of diverted funds and prosecution of breaches of the law.”