N2.5bn refund: NDDC never wrote me – Senator Nwaoboshi

The Chairman of Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, on Saturday said he was never written a letter by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to refund the sum of N2.5 billion for unexecuted contracts.

Reacting to what he described as ‘fake letter’ purportedly written to him by the NDDC, the lawmaker said, “there was no letter emanating from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) requesting a refund of N2.5 billion from him.”

In a statement on Saturday by his media team, he said that the purported letter credited to one Peter Claver Okoro, Esq, posing as the Director, Legal Services, addressed to Nwaoboshi was written on the 5th of July 2020.

According to the statement, as at Saturday, August 8, 2020, the said letter had not reached the distinguished Senator, either in person or his office or by substitution.

“We have searched through the internet; no one has seen a copy of an officially signed letter on the above claim.

“This would have helped us identify whoever has signed to go to jail for such an unimaginable falsehood in a supposed corporate environment.

“The purported letter, unlike any formal letter emanating from a recognized government Ministry, Agency or Department is not signed, therefore, can easily be denied.

“The ostensive letter is obviously fake as it was not conveyed through the official letter-headed paper of the NDDC,” the statement read.

The statement pointed out that nowhere in the content of the purported letter was it stated that the contractor is directly linked to Nwaoboshi.

It added that nowhere in the purported letter was it stated that the warehouse, where the plastic chairs were domiciled belongs to the senator.

“It is expected that since the said letter did not claim the contract was awarded to Sen Peter Nwaboshi, there was no way he could be asked to make a refund.

“The scam meant for blackmail contains an ominous sign of a fake piece; the purported letter is absolutely fake and should be ignored by the public.

“We also appeal to the media to be more diligent and not allow criminals on the prowl take false advantage of the freedom of expression to malign innocent citizens,” he said.

While urging the public to pay no attention to such debauchery, the team challenged the IMC to go to the law court or make use of every legal procedure available to them as clear conscience fears no accusation.

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