The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has claimed that Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta, defrauded the Commission of about N3.6 billion.
The interventionist agency, which said it was replying to an earlier allegation thrown at the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, by Nwaoboshi, explained that the serving senator had used about 11 front companies, owned or traceable to him, to secure a contract of N3.6 billion in September 2016. NDDC said it was “perhaps the biggest single case of looting of the Commission’s resources” by an individual. However, the Commission did not disclose the nature of the said contract or where it was meant for execution.
The Commission, which rebutted the allegation of Akpabio collecting but not executing a reportedly N500 million worth of contract, accused Sen. Nwaoboshi of rather being the culprit.
Read NDDC’s full statement below.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) awarded a contract of N500 million to the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, which he did not execute.
“The Commission wishes to state that it has searched through its records and there is no evidence of any contract awarded to Senator Akpabio or any company associated with him by the NDDC.
“From our findings, the person who has questions to answer to the Niger Delta People is Senator Nwaoboshi. Our records show that Senator Nwaoboshi used 11 front companies (owned or traceable to him) to secure a contract of N3.6 billion in September 2016, in what is perhaps the biggest single case of looting of the Commission’s resources.
“The said companies/business names are:
i. Noan Integrated Services;
ii. De Towers Constructions & Allied Services Ltd;
iii. Franstine Nigeria Enterprises;
iv. Edrihide Company;
v. Isumabe U.K. Global;
vi. Benchmark Construction & Allied Services Ltd
vii. Millstone Allied Builders Ltd.;
viii. Nelpat Nigeria Company;
ix. Agh-Rown Ventures;
x. Edendoma Stars International; and
xi. Antlers Construction and Allied Works Ltd.
“The inventory records show that these items were supplied and received on Senator Nwaoboshi’s business premises and warehouse. Meanwhile, the contracts were awarded to him.
“However, some of the items supplied to Nwaoboshi’s warehouse through his cronies, were later resold to the Delta state government, while the others were sold to other states through contracts awarded to him.
“All supply agreements were signed by one and the same person being Mr. Agbamuche Nelson, traceable to Senator Nwaoboshi. This is in flagrant contravention of section 58(4) (a) and (d) of the Public Procurement Act. No wonder Sen. Nwaoboshi and his cohorts are jittery about the ongoing forensic audit exercise in the NDDC and are doing everything possible to derail it.
“We believe that until Senator Nwaoboshi can absolve himself of his role in the looting of the resources of the Commission, he should step aside from any investigative activity against the Commission.
“NDDC deserves the freedom to deliver on its mandate.
Charles Obi Odili
Director, Corporate Affairs
June 8, 2020