“I said no problem, just hang on, we’ll sort all these out when the forensic (audit) comes in to let us know all the recoverable and all that,” The Nation quoted Mr Akpabio to have said in an interview with the paper.
An investigation carried out by pointblanknews.com revealed no such amount in foreign currency belonging to the NDDC is domiciled in any bank in Nigeria.
Further checks revealed that NDDC has over N40billion of Advance Payment Guarantee, APG, scattered in several banks before the full implementation of the Treasury Single Account, TSA, policy of Government.
“There is absolutely nothing like an abandoned $70million belonging to NDDC in any bank in the world. It is a big fat lie. I challenge Akpabio to name the account and the bank and show how such money got there from the NDDC,” a high ranking official of the NDDC who is perplexed by the bizarre claim told Pointblanknews.com.
Another source in NDDC who does not want to be named accused Akpabio of using the NDDC to launder his image by raising false alarms of fraud and claiming to be doing a forensic audit.
“Akpabi is using NDDC to launder his own image. He claimed the Interim Management Committee is doing a forensic audit. I can tell you for free that nothing like a forensic audit is going on at the NDDC. They want to cover up their tracks and continue looting the place. The IMC is raising false alarms which are aimed at covering up the fraud currently going on there,” the source said.
Pointblanknews.com gathered that other funds belonging to the NDDC before and after the implementation of the TSA, are all domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Prior to his appointment as Minister, the former Akwa Ibom Governor was being investigated in late 2015 following accusations that he diverted over N100bn from the oil-rich state between 2007 and 2015, an allegation which he has denied.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said they are yet to conclude the investigation of Akpabio.
But Akpabio said “those petitions to the EFCC have been sorted out. As I stand today, I have not been charged to court because nothing was found against me,” Akpabio said.