Senate denies receiving COVID-19 palliatives

The Senate on Tuesday denied receiving the sum of N20 million or any sum whatsoever from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as COVID-19 relief fund.
The Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) Executive Director, (Projects), Dr Cairo Ojougboh, had alleged that Senators got 20m, Reps 15m each as COVID-19 palliative.
The Senate in a statement by its Spokesperson, Senator Dr Ajibola Basiru, said the Senate viewed with grave concern the statement credited to Dr Cairo Ojougboh.
“The Senate hereby disclaims the allegation in its entirety.
“The Senate categorically denies that any Senator collected the sum of N20 million or any sum whatsoever from NDDC as COVID-19 relief fund of for any purpose whatsoever.
“The chamber of the National Assembly challenges Dr Ojougboh to publicly provide evidence of his claim and list the names of the Senators he allegedly gave the alleged sum.”
The Senate added that failure to provide evidence of his claim, the Senate said it was demanding immediate retraction and public apology from Dr Cairo Ojougboh.
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