Akpabio: Reps Go Tough As Magu Shakes Presidency On EFCC’s Cars Bazaar
A seeming fiendish attempt by the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Godswill Akpabio, to hoodwink federal legislators to back down from the ongoing probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has landed him in trouble.
Akpabio unequivocally claimed that 60% of the massive corrupt deals in the messy NDDC were grabbed by lawmakers of the two chambers of the National Assembly.
The minister’s wahala is coming as the suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, was busy rubbishing the Presidency.
Magu is claiming that some of the vehicles recovered by the anti-graft agency under him were auctioned to the Presidential Villa, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as well as the Federal Inland Revenue Services and other agencies.
According to him, some of the named agencies have not paid for the vehicles. ‘’But, there was an arrangement that the money would be deducted from their financial allocation’’, Magu claimed in a letter to his probe panel Chairman, retired Justice Ayo Salami.
It is titled, ‘Re: Alleged Case of Conspiracy, Enrichment, Abuse of Public Office and Other Infractions,’ explained how some of the recovered vehicles were auctioned.
It is a response to an earlier report by the Presidential Committee on Audit of Recovered Assets in which Magu was accused of being unable to account for the interest accrued to N550 billion recovered funds as well as recovered vehicles and houses.