The Nigerian Senate has threatened to arrest the interim administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Effiong Akwa over his failure to appear before it to answer questions bordering on the accountability of funds reserved for Covid-19 palliatives worth N6.28 billion.
The Nation reports that the senate committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, has been unable to conduct a public hearing because of the failure of the NDDC boss to honour its invitation.
Nigerdeltaconnect gathered that the Ethics Committee had on three previous occasions invited the boss of the interventionist agency to appear before it but all to no avail.
The invitation letter extended to Effiong Akwa, signed by the Clerk of the committee, Freedom Osola reads in part:
The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions actually met as proposed on 26th January, 2021 and 4th February 2021 but was unable to reach a decision because of your non-appearance.
Consequently, I have been directed to inform you that should you fail to honour this fourth invitation, the committee would issue a warrant of arrest to compel your appearance.
Accordingly another hearing has been scheduled to provide you the last fair-hearing opportunity to appear before the Committee. You are advised to use this last window provided by the committee in your own interest
It will be recalled that Mr. Akwa was also a member of the sacked Interim Management Committee of the NDDC led by Prof. Kemebradikumor Pondei.