By GWG Staff
Hours after the death of Chief Ibanga Etang, the acting executive director of finance and administration of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC late on Wednesday, it has emerged that the development is being used to derail the ongoing audit of the commission.
At the centre of the alleged plot is the claim that Etang died of COVID-19. Upon that claim it was being claimed that senior members of the commission board who had been in contact with him may have gone into isolation and as such unavailable for the ongoing probe of the commission by the National Assembly.
While sympathizing with the family of the deceased, the group, Act For Positive Transformation Initiative, APTI in a statement affirmed that the death of Etang should not affect the probe of the NDDC.
In the statement issued by Kolawole Johnson, Head, Directorate of Research, Strategy & Programmes said:
“We had earlier raised alarm in the early hours of the day on a rumored satanic scheme to weave the death of the Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the commission around COVID-19 in order for members to proceed on isolation, shut the office and frustrate the ongoing probe.
“We alerted some journalists as early as 7:30am on this dubious plan and later appeared on a National Television to warn all involved to respect the dead and halt such inhuman plot. Event this afternoon has finally confirmed this plan that was leaked to the public several hours before it was officially hatched.
“The commission has released a memo to begin the series of drama planned; from isolation to fake test and eventual fake confirmation. We call on the President to direct security agencies to investigate and frustrate every ploy in this regard.
“The late EDFA was no doubt an accounting officer, but not the chief accounting officer. The Managing Director/CEO is the chief accounting officer. All payments are authorized by the Executive Director, Finance & Administration while the final approval lies with the Managing Director. Most of the documents in our possession have both names, there is no way the other party can feign ignorance.
“We also make a special appeal to the security agencies to protect the Managing Director/CEO of the commission.
“We pray God comfort the families of the dead.”