Panic in Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over an alleged forceful retirement of some top officials, which was approved by the Interim Management Committee.
Onyxnews Nigeria reports that this is happening in the midst of growing graft allegations by the Interim Management Committee of the commission.
This reliable online news platform gathered that those affected are directors, deputy directors and assistant directors who have about two more years left in service or may have been indicted in alleged corruption practice or had held “sensitive positions.”
“The one that is raising concern at the commission is that most or all the directors, deputy directors and assistant directors who are due for retirement in about two years have been asked to leave while others handed compulsory leave,” an impeccable source told our correspondent.
The commission’s director, corporate affairs, Charles Obi Odili, could not be reached for reaction but a director who confirmed the development told our correspondent that though he had yet to receive a letter to that effect, he got a telephone call yesterday (Tuesday) intimating him with the development.
The director who spoke on the condition of anonymity, however, expressed shock over the development even as he noted that claims reportedly put forward by the IMC that the massive purge was part of the forensic audit was untenable. “If they are serious about the forensic, why this mass sack of persons who could assist them with information?” the affected director queried.
Recently, President Muhammadu Buhari, will sacked the IMC of the Commission.
This is coming after many cases of alleged fraud by the interim committee managing the commission.
Presidential sources, however, informed that a former commissioner for Agriculture in Delta State and governorship assured ahead of 2023 election, Mr. Bradus Angozie, has been put down as the acting managing director of the commission.
According to the presidential sources, “the Presidency was displeased with the myriad of allegations of fraud daily emanating from the dealings of the commission.”
It was also fact checked that the current IMC operated due to the urging of the late chief of staff, Mr. Abba Kyari, but would however be dissolved, as the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, was also in the battle for the soul of the commission.