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Ndukwe’s latest albatross

In the euphemism, a team of investigators of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had an interaction with Ndukwe on Monday.  But in reality,…

In the euphemism, a team of investigators of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had an interaction with Ndukwe on Monday.  But in reality, he was, according to reports, nabbed by the anti-graft agency for allegedly contravening due process in the award of licenses to four telecommunication companies a fortnight ago.  

One of the companies involved, Morbitel, was said to have raised N1.368 billion in five days to pay the license fee but that in October last year, the same company was allegedly granted a waiver of N243 million out of the N246 million to which it was indebted to the federal government.

Not only that, the embattled NCC boss was also reportedly investigated over allegations of spending money beyond the Commission’s budget for 2008 and misleading the federal government in the execution of contracts for the construction of community information centres across the federation by giving the impression that there were available lands for the project.

A statement by the NCC even confirmed this development. “…Engr Ndukwe…was invited to the office of the EFCC in Abuja to give his response to a petition filed by the Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyuli, who alleged that the Commission did not heed to her directive to stop the ongoing process for the award of spectrum slot in the 2.3 GHz Band”, the statement was quoted to have read in part.  

As the EFCC has made an attempt to query Ndukwe over the series of allegations hanging on his neck, Nigerians look forward to seeing how the two-hour interrogation will in the end unearth the perceived shoddy deals in the nation’s telecommunication sector.