NDDC Saga: Akpabio Denies Paying Malami $5m Bribe

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The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has denied reports linking him to the payment of a $5million bribe to the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Ijaw News had earlier reported that Malami denied the report, challenging those behind the report should provide evidence to backup their claim.

Malami, in a statement issued on Friday by his media aide, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu described as “fictitious and malicious” reports that he was bribed in respect of the appointment of a sole administrator for the interventionist agency.

Similarly, Akapbio, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Anietie Ekong described the reports as false insisting that the report was the handiwork of mischief-makers.

The statement read in part: “Senator Godswill Akpabio said his attention has been drawn to a piece of fake news which claimed that he paid $5 million bribe to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and others to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

“The Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs stated categorically that ‘this is a piece of malicious concoction manufactured from the pit of hell by mischief-makers. It is a figment of the imagination of the author of the fake news. Senator Akpabio denies the story in its entirety. The authors of the fake news should be ready to back up their claim or face the full wrath of the law.’”

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