Following the recent resolve of the senate committee to issue a warrant of arrest to the Interim sole administrator of the Niger Delta development Commission, if he fails to appear before its panel or produce the former Managing Director of the commission, the Nigerian senate has recommended the arrest of Mr. Effiong Akwa.
The Panel probing the alleged misappropriation of Covid-19 palliatives fund worth N6.25 billion, had received a petition from Sobomabo Jackrich, chairman of the agency’s COVID-19 palliative distribution approved by the president.
Jackrich, in his petition noted that the said amount and its initial purpose was not implemented by the Pondei-led IMC.
He also accused the NDDC of sharing spoilt food items to the Niger Delta people.
The then IMC conspired among themselves and distributed strange substances in the name of palliatives in the form of spoiled food items to a few communities in the region,
To cover up for the fraud, they tried without success to bribe me with a few bags of rice and beans just to induce me to play along with them.
Patrick Akinyelure , chairman of the panel, while speaking at a session of the committee on Monday, said the former NDDC boss and his team have failed to honour its invitation.
according to him:
This is the fifth time our committee will summon the former interim management committee of the NDDC to appear before us but they have always ignored our summons,
We hereby resolve to request a warrant of arrest to be issued on the sole administrator of the NDDC, Effiong Akwa, to produce Pondei and his team.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian Senate Committee had already made its intention to issue a warrant of arrest if the invited persons including Mr. Effiong Akwa, refused to appear before it’s panel of probe.