A civil society organization, Media Initiative against Injustice, Violence and Corruption-MIIVOC has invoked the Freedom of Information Act on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, demanding a copy of the forensic audit report on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The MIIVOC’s Executive Director, Dr Walter Duru made the demand of the audit report in a letter dated September 7, 2021.
The letter reads in part: “Media Initiative against Injustice, Violence and Corruption (MIIVOC) is a Nigerian Civil Society Organization with interest in the campaign against injustice, violence, immorality and corruption”.
“We felicitate with you on the receipt of the NDDC Forensic Audit Report. In view of the right of Nigerians to know, we most respectfully request a copy of the Forensic Audit Report on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), as submitted to your office”.
“We expect that the response to this request reaches us within seven (7) days of receipt of this letter, as required by the FOI Act through our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and a hard copy sent to our office in Abuja, Nigeria”.
Recall that the Ijaw elders under the aegis of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), noted that the secrecy surrounding the report was worrisome and demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari should make the report public and unmask those culpable in the mismanagement of the funds of the NDDC and abandonment of projects over the years. Dr Duru, in a live television programme called on the Attorney General of the Federation to proactively disclose the report, in compliance with Section Two of the Freedom of Information Act.
The Forensic Audit Report on the Niger Delta Development Commission was submitted last week to Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister for Justice by the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio.