EFCC arraign NDDC’s Account Director over N25bn fraud

Eno Ubi Otu, a Director of Finance and Account of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is currently being grilled by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to newsmen it was reported that Otu was arrested by the detectives of the anti-graft agency at about 11:15am in relation to a case of alleged diversion of over N25 billion tax remittances.

A source at the Commission told the publication that the NDDC official was still with the operatives as at 7:15pm.

Otu’s arrest is reportedly part of a larger investigation of the forensic audit report of the NDDC.

The spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached for confirmation.

President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 ordered a forensic audit of the NDDC’s operations from 2001 to 2019.

In July 2022, Buhari said his administration had started taking steps in line with the recommendations of the NDDC forensic audit report submitted to him in September 2021.

He also raised hopes concerning the much-awaited appointment of a board of directors for the Commission.

Buhari also urged the people of the Niger Delta to ensure a peaceful atmosphere that would pose no threats to ongoing developmental projects in the region.

The President spoke during the opening session of a two-day management retreat organised by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs at the Old Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.

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