A Civil Society Organisation, Network for Best Practice and Integrity in Leadership, (NEBPRIL) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an independent judicial panel with prosecution powers to probe the alleged infractions in the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC).
The group said that the accusations and counter accusations involving members of the NDDC Interim Management Committee (IMC) and some members of the National Assembly showed that many people had been compromised in the financial misdeeds.
In a statement signed by the director of investigations, Dr. Aminu Idris in Abuja yesterday, NEBPRIL said the President needs to investigate the matter himself unless his anti-corruption fight would be described as a mere joke.
“The information in the public domain makes it difficult for any keen observer of the sordid development in the commission to exonerate any of the parties involved in this unfolding national scandal, hence the urgent need for Mr. President, to in a more personal and authoritative manner, take more practical and cogent actions that will comprehensively address the monumental corruption and abject mismanagement of NDDC, in order to not only save the nation of further embarrassment, but also protect the integrity of your administration, noted for anti-corruption crusade.
“The ugly revelations coming from different players in the NDDC, make us to conclude that unless you take decisive action in getting to the roots of the mind-blowing infractions and brazen corruption in this important intervention agency, all the efforts of your government in fighting corruption would not only be reduced to a ridiculous joke, but also a bad example of how to defeat corruption.
“Public perception in the nation at the moment is strong with the view that many among the accusers and the accused in the current NDDC scandal, are most likely, unfortunately compromised.