The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it had interrogated top management staff members of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over allegations of several acts of corruption.
The acts, according to the Cimmission, included diversion of funds, procurement fraud and misappropriation of the agency’s COVID-19 funds.
A statement signed by ICPC Spokesperson, Mrs Azuka C. Ogugua, dusclised that some directors of NDDC were interrogated at the Commission’s headquarters recently, after months of intelligence gathering.
The development followed the receipt of petitions from Nigerians on alleged illegalities and contracts fraud by some officials of the NDDC.
ICPC also said top officials of the agency were being investigated for their complicity in an alleged diversion of N5.474 billion meant for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers handling theCOVID-19 9 pandemic in the nine states of NDDC.
Accirding to the spokesoerson, “The Commission is equaally investigating the payments of millions of Naira to staff of the agency for foreign trainings during the Covid-19 full lockdown which were never attended, as well as the non-payment of entitlements to students on foreign scholarships.
“Other allegations being investigated by ICPC include the selling of back-dated contract award letters for projects and awards of contracts that were not captured in the budget of the NDDC.”
She indicated that the ICPC had already retrieved relevant documents with which to continue investigations towards the recovery of diverted funds and prosecution of those involved in breaches of the law.