The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, says it has interrogated top management staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission and recovered vital documents on the diversion of funds, procurement fraud and misappropriation of N5.4 billion COVID-19 fund by the officials.
ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, saying the commission is also investigating the payment of millions of naira to staff of the NDDC for foreign training during the COVID-19 lockdown which they never attended.
He added that the non-payment of entitlements to students on foreign scholarships, despite NDDC claims to the contrary, is being looked into.
According to the statement, some NDDC directors were qizzed at its headquarters in Abuja following petitions by Nigerians on the alleged illegalities and contract fraud by officials of the agency.
The statement read, “The officials of the agency were also being investigated for their complicity in the alleged diversion of N5.474bn meant for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment for health workers handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the nine states of NDDC.
“Other allegations being investigated by the anti-graft agency 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.”
“ICPC had already retrieved relevant documents with which to continue investigations towards the recovery of diverted funds and prosecution of breaches of the law.”