Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Minister for Niger Delta Affairs

CCB grills Minister, NDDC Administrator Effiong Akwa over alleged N100m bribe

*The Code of Conduct Bureau says it is grilling Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, and Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa, Interim Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission over a purported N100 million bribe

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Amid the ongoing investigations into the graft allegations against the duo, the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has said it is interrogating Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa, Interim Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over a purported N100 million bribe of taxpayers’ money.

Both men reportedly appeared before the Investigation Committee set up by the CCB to probe allegation that they bribed some officials of the Bureau.

It was gathered the purported N100 million bribe was said to have compromised investigation into claims that Mr. Akwa, Interim Administrator of NDDC, did not file or declare records of his assets before the CCB as prescribed by the extant Code of Conduct law.

There were accusations that some officials of the CCB were bribed to smuggle updated records of Akwa’s assets into the relevant files to invalidate claim in a petition that he had not submitted an up-to-date asset declaration form.

Likewise, Senator Akpabio was mentioned in some sundry reports as Akwa’s sponsor in the bid to save him, having nominated him for the job in the first instance.

Mrs. Fatima Kere-Ahmed, Secretary of the Sub-Committee on Allegation against CCB Officials for the Chairman of the Committee, in a statement, though did not indicate the dates the duo appeared before it,

Nevertheless, the letter titled, “Status Of The Investigation Of An Alleged Case Of Bribery Against Certain Officials Of Code Of Conduct Bureau”, was said to have confirmed their appearances before the Committee.

The statement also said the two public officers were interviewed during which they denied the corruption allegations.

The statement said: “Following the investigation of allegations that certain officials of Code of Conduct Bureau were induced to the tune of One Hundred Million Naira, I wish to confirm that Chief Godswill Akpabio and Mr. Effiong Okon Akwa, who featured prominently in the petition, appeared before the investigation Committee, were interviewed accordingly and both denied all the allegations.

“The investigation is still ongoing; this is to allow for a fair, thorough and dispassionate enquiry into the allegations, while the final outcome of the investigation will be communicated in due course.”

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