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CCB invites Akpabio, over N100m bribery allegation involving NDDC sole administrator false asset declaration


These are not the best of times for the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, as the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB) has moved to investigate his alleged involvement in a N100-million bribe paid to some officials of the Bureau.

An online medium (not Solacebase) had reported that Akpabio bribed the officials with that amount to hurriedly and quietly smuggle into the relevant files of the Bureau assets declaration forms for the interim Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr Effiong Okon Akwa, who is his (Akpabio’s) political godson.

Akwa, who was reportedly assigned as Special Assistant on Finance to former Managing Director of the NDDC, Mr Bassey Dan-Abia, whose appointment he facilitated between 2013 and 2015, was said to have failed to declare his assets since his first appointment in 2013 and after he was appointed as interim Sole Administrator in breach of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

The Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, in Part 1, Section 15 under Declaration of Assets, provides in subsection 1(a-c) that “Every public officer shall, within fifteen months after the coming into force of this Act or immediately after taking office and thereafter- (a) at the end of every four years; (b) at the end of his term of office; and (c) in the case of a serving officer, within thirty days of the receipt of the form from the Bureau or at such other intervals as the Bureau may specify, submit to the Bureau a written declaration in the First Schedule to this Act or, in such form as the Bureau may, from time to time, specify, of all his properties, assets and liabilities and those of his spouse or unmarried children under the age of twenty-one years.”

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Mr Akwa was said to have acted in breach of these provisions of the law and, in a desperate bid to salvage the embarrassing situation, Akpabio had allegedly intervened to procure the service of an unnamed director to assist in curing the mischief.

The director, acting in concert with some officials of the Bureau, reportedly delivered on the job.

But piqued by the development, the newly-constituted board of CCB has launched an investigation into the bribery allegation as well as the purported petition against Akwa over non-filing of his assets’ declaration form and the story of a bribery scandal that the move to cure the mischief of failure to submit his asset declaration form had spawned.

A letter of invitation referenced CCB/HQ/COAAO/C/1, dated February 9, 2021, sent to Akpabio and received by his office in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs on February 9, 2021, with the title: “Investigation Activities: Letter of Invitation”, said; “The Bureau is investigating a bribery allegation involving officials of Code of Conduct Bureau, reported in the news, in which your name featured prominently.

“As you are aware, this allegation is in contravention of Paragraph 8, Part 1 of the 5th Schedule to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

“Consequently, you are kindly requested to appear before the undersigned for an interview on Friday, 12th February 2021 at 10.00 am prompt in CCB Board Room, 5th Floor, Annex 3, Federal Secretariat Complex, Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama, Abuja.

“This invitation is made pursuant to the Powers and Mandate conferred on the Bureau as enshrined in Paragraph 3, Part 1 of the 3rd Schedule to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.”

The invitation letter was signed by Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, Federal Commissioner, CCB and Sub-Committee Chairman, Committee on Allegation against Officials of CCB.

The Bureau also invited the interim Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Mr Akwa and several others in connection with the investigation activities.


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