Senate issues warrant of arrest on Akwa, Pondei others

By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has issued a warrant of arrest on the interim management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) following its refusal to appear over an allegation that it diverted and misappropriated N6.2bn COVID-19 palliatives.

The money was approved last year by President Muhammadu Buhari to cushion the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Niger Delta region.

The money was reportedly released to the former Interim Management Committee of NDDC headed by Prof. Keme Pondei, with Effiong Akwa, Caroline Naagbo and Cairo Ojougbo as members.

Akwa was later appointed a Sole Administrator of the commission by Buhari following the dissolution of the IMC.

A former agitator, High Chief Sobomabo Jackrich, who was appointed by the President to chair the distribution of the palliatives, later raised the alarm in a petition he sent to the Senate, alleging the…

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