Stella Dimoko Niger Delta Minister Akpabio Names Lawmakers Allegedly Implicated In NDDC Contract Scandal


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Monday, July 27, 2020

Niger Delta Minister Akpabio Names Lawmakers Allegedly Implicated In NDDC Contract Scandal

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, on Sunday, July 26, revealed the names of some members of the National Assembly involved in contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission.

However, Akpabio explained that he is unsure whether the lawmakers were directly awarded the contracts; or they nominated the projects under their Zonal Intervention Projects, also known as constituency projects.

The former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, Mr Nicholas Mutu, who represents the Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency of Delta State, is among those linked by the minister with contracts.

According to Akpabio, Mutu is involved in 74 projects; including various emergency road projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, and Rivers states.

1st News had reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on February 3, 2020, arraigned Mutu before Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court in Abuja; for alleged abuse of office and fraud involving about N320m.

Furthermore, the Minister linked the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta-North).

Nwaoboshi is allegedly involved in 53 projects, which included emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; ldumuogbe Road via Ojemaye; Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo; and the Police lshu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele Uku.
Other lawmakers that Akpabio listed projects against are Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo-South), six; James Manager (Delta-South), six; Samuel Anyanwu (Imo-West, 8th Senate), 19; and others simply identified as Ondo and Edo Reps.

The minister, however, did not provide the cost of the projects listed against the lawmakers’ names; while the cost of contracts given to non-lawmakers had costs of various projects attached to them.

Sources also observed that contracts listed against the names of the lawmakers were not up to 60 per cent of the 266 on the list provided by Akpabio.

Non-National Assembly members are also on the list.

It was further observed that the minister copied the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The House of Reps on Thursday had resolved to sue Akpabio for alleged perjury and defamation of the parliament.

This was in the aftermath of claims by Akpabio that members of the National Assembly were awarded 60 percent of contracts by the commission. He had made the claims during an investigative hearing on the alleged illegal spending and mismanagement of funds in the NDDC.
from 1st news


  1. Replies
    1. Miss Ess,nothing is going down,yesterday that was how dokubo downplayed this mismanagement like it was nothing saying, its pickpocketing.
      Its business as usual.

  2. Replies
    1. Nothing happens everyone moves on and Nigerians are back to plenty suffering and smiling that’s what next and it’s a big shame.

  3. This Nigerian leaders are all greedy.. WTF😲😲😲😲😲

  4. No b small thing ooo.. Obongowo πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚, I had to screenshot the picture after staring at it for a long time.. Nigerians ehn🀣

  5. Our politicians keep playing with Nigerians. Unfortunately, we have many cases like this before and nothing happened.

  6. This country is finished.pls where do I go from here?we celebrate evil has we celebrate birthdays or Thanksgivings.make i🚢go abeg

  7. They will turn this agenda to a witch hunt, some people will take the fall.

  8. In a country where you have crooks and fraudsters as leaders looting public funds and swindling the masses, what do you expect from the youths?

    This country has no image, reputation and rating in international community.

  9. Na God be the final Obongowo

    Akpabio is going nowhere. Not after the presidency has passed a vote of confidence on him.

  10. good move...lets see how things play out...the legislatures are one of our problems in this country. if these contracts are awarded and even executed to specifications you wont be annoyed. i know some NDDC projects that were awarded years back and nothing started till this probe that they went to clear site. confirmed gist oh, meanwhile money has been paid to the contractors. these are the same lawmakers who should ensure these contracts go round contractors from their constituencies at least but no only one human being go hijack 74 contracts using fake companies. they collect mobilisation fees and abandon ship..

  11. Why is Akpabio somersaulting like tumbleweed?
    I read a few days ago that he denied ever mentioning
    that the lawmakers were awarded contracts, now he is
    naming names, which is it? πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜•πŸ˜•

  12. Naming them makes no difference, it's not like anything will happen, shebi they have added another vat payment in our house rent, in a place like Lagos State where Agent and Agreement money is plentier than the house rent, if then come add VAT payment, e go come up well, laslas na the poor masses de suffer am ... Naija na scam

    1. The VAT is for tenancy for 21 years and above naw. I don't think there's residential rents of above 2 years in Lag

  13. King of The Hall of Faints, Minister for Kleptominiacs. All hail Agbabio and the gang. Ndi oshi

  14. Nothing will be done to Akpabio.
    Na Najia we dey.

  15. Story story! Are we not in naija?

  16. There is also VAT for tenancy of 1 year if you don’t know. For the govt that cannot provide basic amenities.


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