OrderPaperToday – The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has given the Senate conditions that must be met before it can appear before its probe panel.

One of these is that Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, chairman of the senate committee on Niger Delta Affairs, must step aside from his post.

The Commission also accused Nwaoboshi of using 11 companies belonging to him to secure a contract of N3.6 billion in September 2016. And therefore urged him to step aside.

According to a statement released by the Commission on it website, the NDDC stated that the Senator (Nwaoboshi) could not be absolved of playing a role in the looting of the resources of the Commission

The statement released by Mr. Charles Obi Odili, Director, Corporate Affairs, dismissed all allegations of corruption leveled against the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godswill Akpabio.

“We wish to state that it has searched through its records and there is no evidence of any contract awarded to Senator Akpabio or any company associated with him by the NDDC.

“From our findings, the person who has questions to answer to the Niger Delta people is Senator Nwaoboshi. Our records show that Senator Nwaoboshi used 11 front companies (owned or traceable to him) to secure a contract of N3.6 billion in September 2016, in what is perhaps the biggest single case of looting of the Commission’s resources.

“The said companies/business names are: Noan Integrated Services; De Towers Constructions & Allied Services Ltd; Franstine Nigeria Enterprises; Edrihide Company; Isumabe U.K. Global; Benchmark Construction & Allied Services Ltd; Millstone Allied Builders Ltd.; Nelpat Nigeria Company; Agh-Rown Ventures; Edendoma Stars International; and Antlers Construction and Allied Works Ltd.

“The inventory records show that these items were supplied and received on Senator Nwaoboshi’s business premises and warehouse. Meanwhile, the contracts were awarded to him.

“However, some of the items supplied to Nwaoboshi’s warehouse through his cronies, were later resold to the Delta state government, while the others were sold to other states through contracts awarded to him.

“All supply agreements were signed by one and the same person being Mr. Agbamuche Nelson, traceable to Senator Nwaoboshi. This is in flagrant contravention of section 58(4) (a) and (d) of the Public Procurement Act. No wonder Sen. Nwaoboshi and his cohorts are jittery about the ongoing forensic audit exercise in the NDDC and are doing everything possible to derail it.

“We believe that until Senator Nwaoboshi can absolve himself of his role in the looting of the resources of the Commission, he should step aside from any investigative activity against the Commission.

“NDDC deserves the freedom to deliver on its mandate”, the statement read.

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