The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has threatened to arrest the Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Effiong Akwa, if he fails to produce Professor Daniel Pondei and his team in the defunct Interim Management Commitee of the agency in 48 hours before it.
The Chairman of the panel, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, who made the threat while briefing journalists on Tuesday on the N6.8 billion NDDC claimed to have spent as COVID-19 paliatives, said: “We have already gone through the process of warrant of arrest and we have reached 95 per cent stage of completion.
“However, for the avoidance of doubt, immediately the warrant of arrest was issued, representatives of the sole administrator came to my office and verbally explained how the money was spent. They claimed that N100 million each were given to the governors of the nine states in the Niger Delta region.
“We now asked them to make a written submission on their claims to reach us before March 15, which was Monday, but up till today (Tuesday), we have not seen anything. This particular probe will not be swept under the carpet.
“Therefore, we are calling on the NDDC sole administrator to either produce the Pondei led interim management committee team or make available the position paper on how the palliatives were shared on or before 3pm on March 18 so that we can study the submissions before March 29, when they are expected to defend their position papers.