By Lillian Ogbonna (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Nigeria’s apex anti-corruption watchdog, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has formally commenced investigations into corruption allegations against the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and the acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC’s Interim Management Committee, IMC Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei.
This was disclosed, in a letter addressed by the anti-graft body to a civil society group, Foundation for True Freedom and Good Governance, led by activist, Deji Adeyanju , following a demand by the group that the anti-corruption agency investigate Akpabio and Pondei over allegations of corruption at the NDDC.
The agency’s letter to the group, signed by its Head of Economic Governance Section, Adebayo Adeniyi, who subsequently leaked it to the press to the displeasure of the agency, stated thus:
“We write to acknowledge the receipt of your petition dated August 3, 2020 in respect of the above subject and to inform you that investigation into the case has commenced.
“In view of the above, you are kindly requested to attend an interview with the undersigned through the O/C team six on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at EFCC headquarters third floor.”
Recall that, consequent to the leveling of allegations of corrupt practices against Akpabio by the former acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh, Nigerians, civil society groups and other concerned stakeholders had called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure a speedy, transparent probe of the allegations.