Godswill Akpabio Names More Beneficiaries Of Corrupt Deals From The NDDC

The Minister of the Niger Delta Godswill Akpabio who has been courted by controversy for the last few days has named more VIP that he claims are beneficiaries of the rot at the Niger Delta Development Commission {NDDC}, Akpabio name former Delta State governors James Ibori and Emmanuel Uduaghan, former Governor of Abia State Orji Uzor Kalu and Senator Ifeanyi Ararume. Godswill Akpabio

During a House of Reps committee on NDDC affairs held July 20th, 2020, Godswill Akpabio had disclosed that some lawmakers in the House were the biggest beneficiaries of the corruption that has eaten and impoverished the Niger Delta people.

Godswill Akpabio’s statement had sparked a series of reaction one of the biggest came from the Speaker of the House Mr Femi Gbajabiamila who charged the Minister to produce the names of the lawmakers who were beneficiaries of his allegations within 48 hours of face the full wrath of the law.

The letter which was also copied to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice was addressed to the Clerk to the House, Mr Patrick Giwa, with Reference Number MNDA/HM/04/IV/158.

It was titled, ‘Some Niger Delta Development Commission Contracts Allegedly Given to Some Members of the National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives).’

The emergency repairs projects linked to them, according to the document obtained by Punch, were awarded in 2018 at a cost ranging from N400m and N560m each.

One of the projects linked to Ibori was the emergency repairs of Onoghove community road from Ajanesan to Western Delta University at the cost of N485.7m.

Uduaghan was linked to the emergency repairs of Close B, Alhaji Estate & Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt at the cost of N429m.

Five projects were linked to Senate Chief Whip Kalu, who was identified in the document as OUK-Kalu.

The emergency repairs on road projects linked to Kalu are in Abia State, and the costs ranged from N517m to N560m.

The details are: emergency repairs of Ezere-Acha-Ndiokoukwu Road (N517.9m) and repairs of Amaubiri-Eluama-Uru Ring Road, Lokpaukwu, Umuchieze (N560m).

Others linked to Kalu are Ndi Oji Abam-Atan Road (N523.7m), Okafia-Ozuitem-Bende road (508m), and the Ozu-Amuru-Abam Road at the cost of N523.4m.

The cost of the 12 projects linked to Senator Ararume, which are located in Imo and Rivers States, were not listed in the documents.

Some of the projects linked to Ararume include emergency repairs of Umuelemai-Aba branch road, Anara-Okwelle-Umunna Road, Okpara-Road junction-Ogili Community; all in Imo State.

‘Abuse of trust’

Ibori, who governed Delta State from 1999 to 2007, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud and money-laundering at London’s Southwark Crown Court in 2012 and was sentenced to 13 years behind bars.

After serving half of his sentence in pre-and post-trial detention, Ibori was released from jail in December 2016 and is now back in Nigeria, dictating who governs his state and senatorial district at every election cycle.

Godswill AkpabioPhoto Credit: Getty

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