EFCC Opens Investigation Into NDDC Under Pondei

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that it has commenced investigations into the allegations of financial misappropriation levelled against the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The EFCC made this known in response to a letter written to the commission by the Concerned Nigerians Group.

The group had on the 3rd of August requested the anti-graft agency to investigate the corruption allegations against the NDDC.

The letter read in part: “We call on the commission (EFCC) to investigate the claim by the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC under Mrs. Joi Nunieh and Prof Pondei that they allegedly spent a whopping sum of N81.5bn in five months (October 2019 — May 2020)

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The areas, according to the group, include; Community relations – NI.3bn, Condolences – N 122.9m, Consultancy: N83m, Covid-19 -N3.14bn, Duty Travel Allowance — N486m, Imprest — N790.9m, Lassa fever kits – N1.956bn, Legal Services – N900m, Maintenance – N220m, Overseas travel – N85.6m, Project Public Communication – N1.121bn, Security – N774m,”

In its response, the Head, Economic Governance Unit of the EFCC, Adebayo Adeniyi, said investigations had already commenced on the matter.

He urged the group to visit the commission’s headquarters in order to adopt their petition.

The EFCC’s response read in part: “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, Plot 301/302, Institutions and Research District, jabi, Abuja by 10 am, in order to adopt your petition,” the EFCC added.

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