The Niger Delta Development Commission has asked Peter Nwaoboshi, Senator representing Delta North in the National Assembly, to refund the sum of N2.5 billion.
It said the money is for contracts his companies allegedly failed to execute. The letter by the commission also gave him two weeks to return the money.
The letter dated July 5 signed by Peter Okoro, the Director, Legal Services of the NDDC, said the money was for the supply of plastic chairs and desks for primary and secondary schools in the Niger Delta region in 2017. It said the chairs and desks were supplied to a warehouse described as Akuede Akwis located on Benin Expressway, Okpanam, before Wichtech Aluminium Company.
However, Awele Onokwai, Nwaoboshi’s media aide, said they have not received a copy of the letter, adding that the case is already before a court.
The statement read in part, “Our attention has been drawn to the purported subject matter above, credited to one Peter Claver Okoro, Esq, posing as the Director, Legal Services of the Niger Delta Development Commission and we make bold to state the following:
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“That the purported matter is sub judice as it is already before two law courts of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria, wherein, Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi sued the NDDC, Mr Charles Odili and relevant newspapers for defamation of character.
“The purported letter addressed to the Senator Peter Nwaoboshi was written on the 5th of July 2020 and as of today, 7th of August 2020, the said letter has not reached Senator Peter Nwaoboshi – either in person or office or by substitution.
“The purported letter, unlike any formal letter emanating from a recognized government Ministry, Agency or Department is not signed, therefore, can easily be denied.
“Nowhere in the contents of the purported letter was it stated that the contractor is directly linked to Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.
“Nowhere in the purported letter was it stated that the warehouse, where the plastic chairs were domiciled, belongs to Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.”
Godswill Akpabio had said some weeks ago that many lawmakers and former governors benefitted from NDDC contracts, naming Nwaoboshi, Orji Uzor Kalu, Emmanuel Uduaghan and James Ibori among beneficiaries.
Each of them has since denied any involvement in the contracts.