Gives reaons
By Binebai Princewill
The Izanzan Intellectual Camp, otherwise known as Ijaw Interest Advocates (IIA) has called on the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari to urgently suspend the minister of Niger Delta Affairs who doubles as the supervisory minister to the Niger Delta Development Commission on the ground of massive corruption and fronting nepotism under his watch.
This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen in Warri recently, signed by the national coordinator of the Ijaw Interest Advocates, Amb. Arerebo Yerinmene Snr, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper.
Amb. Arerebo noted that sons and daughters of the Ijaw ethnic group have been massively redeployed from the NDDC head office at Portharcourt to other states in the region while Akpabio’s kinsmen from Akwa-Ibom has been massively engaged fill in the said offices and positions.
This development according to IIA is worrisome as these new set of people from Akwa-Ibom state are now acting as surrogates to Akpobio with a view of aiding him in looting the commission dry.
The group also alleged that there is massive looting already taking place in the commission now, adding that the president must relieve Akpabio of his duty before he kills the commission with corruption.

Arerebo alleged that corruption in NDDC has become more rampant and endemic within the few months that Akpobio seems to be taking charge through hoodwinking of Niger Deltans.

The group reiterated that there is no need for the Interim Management Committee (IMC) as it is a conduit pipe in milking the commission dry.

The Izanzan Intellectual Camp also called on President Buhari to immediately constitute a panel of inquiry into these allegedly bogus allegations and investigate the activities of minister Akpabio and his surrogates.

The statement reads in full below:


Our attention has been drawn over an ongoing looting and illegal transferring of staffs in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the Honorable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio. The Honorable Minister is speedily transferring staffs from Delta and Bayesla State and replacing them with his own people to enable him fast tract the looting silently.

Facts and figures in our disposal has clearly shown that over Two Hundred and Fifty billion Naira (#250,000,000,000.00) has passed through the accounts since chief Akpabio became the supervisory minister within this short period. Akpabio and his cohorts has turn the commission to their cocoa farm hence we shall bring to the public and the presidency information at our disposal one after the other at the appropriate hour.

Undoubtedly, there is a very clear indication that the commission under Akpabio’s leadership is tactically avoiding and buying more time for the Interim board to continue the looting of the commission. Over seven(7) months no auditors has been appointed to commence work, Akpabio has masterminded the employment and sack of 3 acting managing directors. What is the crime of the sacked md’s?

Senator Akpabio should be aware that people died and we have not forgotten so soon how he stood against the Ijaw struggle that gave birth to the NDDC, NDM and other interventional agencies in the Niger Delta region therefore the calmness of Ijaw people should not be viewed as stupidity and never be taken for granted.

We and other Ijaw groups supported the interim board because of the illegality attached to the formation of that board so chief Akpabio should not take it as prerogative right and avenue to loot what is meant for the people and witch hunting of Delta and Bayelsa State staffs and expecting us to watch him bankrupt the commission.

To this very end, we are authoritatively saying that Senator Godswill Akpabio must should be suspended and investigated by the EFCC and the forensic audit should commence immediately but not under the supervision of chief Godswill Akpabio otherwise the crude oil from all Ijaw territories shall never be used to fund the present corruption going on at the NDDC.

Signed for IIA; Izanzan Intellectual Camp

Amb. Arerebo Yerinmene Snr

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