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N6.2 billion palliative: Arrest order on NDDC Management stands – Senate

Nigeria Senate has insisted that its warrant of arrest issued towards the administration of Niger Delta Growth Fee (NDDC) subsists, saying their transfer was according to the legislative course of of constructing public servants to account for his or her actions.

Chairman of Ethics, Priviledges and Public Petitions, Senator Ayo Akinyelure reacted to inquiries by DAILY POST in Abuja, following the reported denial of ‘arrest warrant’ by the Senate Committee Chairman on NDDC, Senator Peter Nwoboshi.

DAILY POST earlier reported that Senate Committee on Ethics, Priviledges and Public Petitions on twenty first February 2021, issued a warrant of arrest for the administration of Niger Delta Growth Fee to be introduced earlier than it to account for a way N6.25 billion palliative fund given to it by the Federal Authorities was spent.

The Committee Chairman stated Senator Nwoboshi might need been misquoted, insisting that his Committee’s warrant of arrest stands.

He stated: “Would be the Chairman, Senate Committee on NDDC was quoted out of context.

“So far as we’re involved within the Senate Committee on Ethics Priviledges, and Public Petitions, in our final assembly, we issued a warrant of arrest and it nonetheless stands.

“We dominated {that a} warrant of arrest be issued to herald the administration of NDDC to elucidate how palliative of N6.25 billion throughout COVID-19 pandemic was paid.

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“We had earlier issued three invitation letters to herald the administration of NDDC earlier than the Committee, they by no means responded. And the penalty contemplated earlier than the final assembly was that, if by the final assembly, they didn’t reply, the warrant of arrest be issued and that’s what we did.

“At the moment, there have been a number of issues in NDDC.

“The administration Committee was dissolved by Mr. President, however having now a Sole Administrator who was one of many administration Committee, they need to come.”

The Chairman disclosed that the NDDC administration following the arrest order, had reached out to the Committee and promised to look within the subsequent assembly.

“The Sole Administrator of NDDC, Effiong Akwa has already despatched a delegation to the Committee that within the subsequent assembly, he’s going to look. The subsequent assembly is but to be fastened.

“They’ve been given directions by the Committee that every one essential protection they’ve regarding N6.25 billion fund, they need to prepare and we gave them three weeks in order that they’ll put together essential protection for them to come back and clarify,” he added.

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He additional defined that the method of getting a public officer arrested takes time, noting that the Committee was severe in tackling the NDDC.

“Within the meantime, the method of issuing warrant of arrest in Senate delays somewhat. It’s not simply by pronouncement and warrant of arrest is prepared tomorrow.

“That is an establishment of the Nationwide Meeting, there are procedures for doing issues. So when a warrant of arrest is issued to carry a sure respondent to the Committee for his or her deliberate motion to not honour a Committee; below our rule, the Committee Chairman and others can resolve to subject arrest warrant which accordingly is what we did in our final assembly. No controversy about that.

“By now the method of issuing warrant of arrest has reached a remaining stage, however they’ve revered themselves, they’ve come and we’re giving three weeks for them to arrange their defence and when they’re going to current their defence, it’s to be in the course of the public listening to”, he stated.

Recalled that the Chairman of NDDC palliative Committee, Sobomabo Jackrich had petitioned the Nationwide Meeting, claiming that the sum of N6.25 billion palliative fund was embezzled by the now disbanded Daniel Pondei-led Interim Administration Committee.

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