The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has interrogated senior management staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over allegations of procurement fraud and misappropriation of COVID-19 funds.
ICPC wrote on its handle on twitter that some directors were interrogated after months of intelligence gathering, following petitions from Nigerians.
They are being investigated for their complicity in the alleged diversion of N5.474 billion for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the nine states and the payments of millions of naira to NDDC for foreign training during the COVID-19 lockdown “which were never attended”, as well as the non-payment of entitlements to students on foreign scholarships, it wrote.
Other allegations 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”.
The National Assembly is also probing the alleged mismanagement of funds by the interim management committee (IMC) of the NDDC.