The last is yet to be heard of the financial scandal that has torn the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) apart.
Another chapter of the drama that has trailed the running of the Commission took another dimension as its Director of Legal Services, Peter Clever Okoro wrote to ask the former Acting Managing Director, Joy Nunieh to refund the sum of N1.96 billion within the next seven days or face dire consequences.
Okoro, in the letter, accused Nunieh of approving payments of the money for Lassa fever kits against established due process principles and process and advice by the director, education, health and social services and director, planning.
The letter, in full, reads:
“You are invited to recall the memo in respect of payment for requests for Lassa fever kits dated January 17, 2020 from the Director, Education, Health and Social Services to you as Ag.MD/CEO of the Commission at the material time.
“The said memo and the minute by the Director, Planning specifically advised that the programme should not be paid for as it was not captured in the commission’s budget.
“The directors further advised that the programme be included in the proposed 2020 budget to bring it within the ambits of the legal requirements.
“Contrary to the advice by the directors and against established due process principles and practice, you directed that the said payments amounting to N1.96 billion be made.
“I have been directed to demand and I do hereby demand that you pay N1.96 billion within seven days of this letter to the account of the commission in compliance with the order of the Senate of Nigeria.”