EFCC Arrests Former NDDC MD Nsima Ekere

The Commission of Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) has arrested a former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere, on various corruption charges. Sources with direct knowledge of the case told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Ekere was arrested after turning himself in at the commission’s office in Lagos on Wednesday. “Mr Ekere has been under investigation for years. He turned himself in to be arrested on Wednesday after realizing that the commission was surrounding him, ”one of the sources told this newspaper who asked not to be identified because he did not obtain authorization to speak to journalists on the subject. Sources said the 56-year-old, who served as the managing director and executive director of the NDDC between 2017 and 2018, is being investigated over allegations of contract inflation and fictitious contract awarding during his time in office. Mr. Ekere, who allegedly committed the crimes beginning in 2017, according to the sources, allegedly laundered funds from NDDC accounts through contractors to purchase select properties in Lagos. Former announcer too The EFCC on Tuesday similarly detained former House of Representatives Speaker Patricia Etteh for allegedly receiving a suspicious payment of N130 million from a contractor awarded a solar-powered electrification project in the state of Akwa Ibom, in south-south Nigeria. Said contract was awarded to Phin Jin Project Limited in 2011 for 240 million naira. It is not clear if the company is registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission. A search for her name in the CAC online directory turned up no options. Investigators now say that weeks after the project mobilization fee was paid to the contractor, 130 million naira was transferred to Ms Etteh, who is neither a director nor a shareholder in the registered company. Ms. Etteh was the Spokesperson between June 6, 2007 and October 30, 2007. The NDDC, an agency created to address the unique development challenges of Nigeria’s oil-producing states, has performed poorly in achieving the goals for which it was created due to corruption. In 2021, an audit report ordered by President Muhamamdu Buhari revealed that more than 13,000 projects in the region had been abandoned since the agency’s creation. Ekere, a native of Akwa Ibom state, one of the interventionist agency’s mandate areas, defected from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress in 2015. He was the leader of the G22, a group of 22 disaffected PDP gubernatorial hopefuls for the 2015 gubernatorial post, who defected to the APC after losing the PDP gubernatorial primary election to the incumbent governor of Akwa Ibom state, Emmanuel Udom. . Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; EFCC Arrests Former NDDC MD Nsima Ekere