Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) is probing Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, for allegedly bribing its officials to the tune of N100 million.
A section of the media had alleged that unidentified CCB officials were offered the bribe to clear Sole Administrator of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mr. Efiong Okon Akwa, of wrongdoing on the declaration of his assets since 2013.
A Federal Commissioner in CCB, Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, who spoke to reporters in Abuja, assured Nigerians that his outfit would unearth the truth surrounding the allegation.
Agbonayinma, who chairs a sub-committee set up to investigate the matter, said: “We have been given a mandate by the bureau to investigate the allegation against some officials of CCB that we saw on the social media. Let me be specific, one Mr. Jackson Ude twitted, and it went viral, that money was given to some officials of CCB by Akpabio. Because of that, a committee to investigate the allegation was set up, with myself as the chairman.
“The committee is not to witch-hunt anyone but to do its job of defending the constitution of Nigeria. We invited Akpabio who, in his wisdom, came to give his own side of the story. At the moment we cannot pass judgement as the investigation is still in progress. All the accused parties remain innocent until the investigation is over.”