The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has invited the former Executive Director of Projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Samuel Adjogbe to explain how and why he awarded over N60billion emergency contracts under five months without tenders, Pointblanknews.com sources have revealed.
Pointblanknews.com gathered that the contracts were awarded to companies hurriedly packaged with no work history or known addresses.
Adjogbe, according to findings had through his office, awarded series of emergency contracts shared between him, Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, his benefactor, O’tega Emerho, a former Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Delta State and the former Chairman of the Rivers State APC, Chief Davies Ibiamu-Ikanya.
The contracts sum ranges from N800million, N700million, N500million were awarded to several portfolio companies without tenders in breach of the procurement act.
Sources told Pointblanknews.com that a generous Adjogbe, splits contracts running into several billions within four months to the APC leaders after he had been assured of emerging the next managing Director of the NDDC.
“He went crazy after he was assured that his emergence as the next MD of the NDDC has been sealed,” a source familiar with the deals at the NDDC told pointblanknews.com.
According to an APC source, Ortega had assured Adjogbe that Amaechi and other stakeholders have bought into his candidacy for the MD of the NDDC and in appreciation of the support, the former Executive Director of Project went into contract award spree, sharing contracts to Amaechi, Emerhor and other APC chieftains.
Another angle that angered the anti-graft agencies is that these dubious contracts were awarded without budgetary provisions which is a clear breach of the federal government’s public procurement Act.
Sources inside NDDC revealed that Ajogbe acting in connivance with Emerhor, split contracts to beat the threshold and had them awarded when the NDDC budget 2019 hadn’t been passed by the National Assembly. Said a director in NDDC.
“That young man called Ajogbe will go to jail like his predecessor, Tuoyo. He was awarding jobs and spending money without budgetary approval from the National Assembly. Check the records. He felt Emerhor and Amaechi will protect him.”
Immediately the Prof. Nelson Briambaifa was sacked, the EFCC swiftly went into investigations and discovering massive fraud committed by the former NDDC board. Adjogbe was immediately invited to explain the massive award of contracts.
In the course of investigations, sources confirmed to pointblanknews.com that unexplained properties linked to O’tega Emerhor and Adjogbe have been found in Lagos and Abuja while investigations are ongoing on wire transfers done within and outside Nigeria.
O’tega has since gone into hiding, while his protégé, Adjogbe has been answering questions from investigators.
Meanwhile, sources in Delta state alleged that O’tega funded Evelyn Oboro, a Peoples Democratic Party Senatorial candidate for Delta Central with N100million, part of the proceeds from contracts he got from the NDDC.
He also allegedly funded most of the PDP election tribunals in Delta state to spite the Great Ogboru faction of the APC.
The NDDC is currently in over N2trillion debt from contracts awarded.
Delta state shut all land borders amidst covid-19 pandemic
Delta state shut all land borders amidst covid-19 pandemic.
The Delta State governor Dr. Ifeanyi Author Okowa announce days ago about the movement in Delta State and Promise to protect his people from the famous virus CORONAVIRUS aka Covid-19.
The wise one says “Prevention is better than Cure”
The governor took a strong decision which lead to closure of all border lead In and Out of the state.
Dspz- Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro Postpone 1st Semester Examination 2020
DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
STUDENT UNION GOVERNMENT(SUG)
DELTA STATE POLYTECHNIC OZORO.
UPON THE CONFIRMATION FROM THE DEAN STUDENT AFFAIRS
SNR COMRADE THOMAS OJUYE
About postpone of 1st Semester Examination that was to Start on 23th March 2020.
This is to inform all student of DSPZ that the exam has been postponed indefinitely as a result of the outbreak of coronal virus disease/COVID 19 worldwide.
The date for the exam will be communicated to us in due time.
We are all advices to take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of this disease while the federal government are working on getting a permanent solutions to the disease.
Thanks and God bless you all
Tears Flow As Urhobo Community Rebury Exhumed Corpses Of Murdered Indigenes By Suspected Herdsmen
The 10 exhumed bodies of farmers reportedly killed by herdsmen in Uwheru Kingdom, Ughelli North council area of Delta state, were on Thursday, finally laid to rest.
The ceremony, which was conducted amidst tears and curses, took place in Agadama, one of the affected communities.
The deceased were laid in white caskets while a brief Christian service was held in their honour.
Nine were buried in a central tomb built for the victims few metres away from the Agadama Secondary School while one of the deceased, who hailed from Ofoni, an Urhobo community in Bayelsa State, was taken home after the service for burial.
Dozens of sympathisers, including youths, were said to have crowded the Ughelli Central Hospital morgue, where the victims had been deposited for autopsy analysis.
The autopsy, which affirmed that they were shot dead by herdsmen, was reportedly conducted on the bodies at about 10:45am.
Persons suspected to be herdsmen had attacked five communities in Uwheru kingdom mid February, killing and burning 10 farmers in the shallow graves.
Among the victims buried were Dennis Itoje, Philip Emesharueke, Arhiakpore Steven, Oghenekparobo Emmanuel, Andrew Itiroghene Useh, Ochuko Ovwanre, Samson Coach Ogheneoruese, Kotor Boy, Abura Ejuweyere and Freeborn Isreal.
A delegation of the apex socio-cultural body of the Urhobo people worldwide, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), attended the ceremony.
The people of the kingdom took swipes on the Federal government and security agencies for treating herdsmen attacks on their communities lightly.
Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof Patrick Muoboghare, decried the killing of the victims by herdsmen, stating that their kinsmen can no longer go to their farm lands owing to the onslaught.
According to him, the arm-wielding herdsmen, who killed the deceased farmers were Fulani herdsmen from Mali, Chad and other parts of Africa.
He urged the Federal Government to ensure that the herdsmen were evacuated from their communities to enable their farmers return to their means of livelihood.
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