The minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has denied giving the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami $5million as bribe to facilitate the appointment of a sole administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Akpabio, in a statement issued on Saturday by his media aide, Anietie Ekong, denounced some publications which alleged that he gave a $5million bribe to the attorney general, Mr Malami, and others to get Mr Akwa appointed sole administrator.
“The attention of the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has been drawn to a piece of fake news which claimed that Senator Akpabio paid $5 million bribe to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and others to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
“The story is a desperate attempt by some unscrupulous bloggers to impugn the integrity of the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the Honourable Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami as the claim is not only spurious but utterly ridiculous,” the statement said.
This report is coming two days after the attorney general of the federation faulted reports which alleged that he collected bribe from Akpabio.
Malami in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, on Friday, January 15, described the report as false.
The statement said the report is a fictitious and malicious publication by alleged mischief-makers. The spokesperson of the attorney general pointed out that the story is an attempt to cast doubts on the reputation of Malami.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of an interim administrator to oversee the affairs of the NDDC.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina and seen by Legit.ng on Saturday, December 12, 2020.
The action of the president signals the end of Kemebradikumo Pondei’s era as the boss of the interventionist agency.
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