Continued Rot At NDDC Revisited As Report Detailing N1bn Used On Juju By Former Chairman Edem Resurfaces [Photos]
We are all aware the NDDC has been in the news lately and sadly for the wrong reasons. Well, it seems that the rot within the commission has been festering for quite a while.
12 years to be specific.
This is according to a report that has now gone viral. It was first published by The Cable but is now making its rounds on various medial platforms. However our investigation revealed that The Cable's report was actually culled from a BBC expose that was published on, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 and republished in NEWSWATCH (below).
The report alleges that Sam Edem, then NDDC chairman in 2008 spent N1 billion on black magic popularly known as “juju” to help him secure government contracts.
Edem was alleged to have diverted the money from the government coffers to hire a known sorcerer Perebakowe Ogah, to perform assorted rituals to aid his success in obtaining the contracts from the Akwa Ibom state government at the time. In addition to the N1 billion, the former NDDC boss also allegedly burnt N270 million in a ritual after which he rubbed the ash on his body.
The ritual was said to have taken place at a midnight ceremony in a Port Harcourt cemetery at which Edem also paid extra to have his rival at the NDDC Timi Alaibe (below) cursed to die.
Although Edem (below) denied the allegations, then-president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, suspended him from office and ordered a full-scale investigation into the allegations
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The police later arraigned him in court and said they believed that “this is money from the Nigerian government, money that should have been used to develop the Niger Delta.” Lawyers acting for Mr Edem however told the court that the money was given to him by friends in order to get elected as Akwa Ibom's Governor and that Mr Edem was then himself charmed and conned by the sorcerer. Ogah was subsequently arrested in Benin but posted bail and promptly disappeared and the case fizzled.
Bearing this in mind it is extremely frustrating that allegations bordering on corruption and mismanagement of public funds are still rocking the NDDC. Both chambers of the national assembly are currently probing the alleged mismanagement of N81 billion by the interim management committee (IMC) of the commission led by Kemebradikumo Pondei, NDDC acting managing director.