The Senate on Tuesday officially denied involvement of its members in the N20 million or “any sum whatsoever” COVID-19 fund from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
It would be recalled that the NDDC Executive Director, Projects, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, had alleged that National Assembly members received varying sums of money as COVID-19 palliative.
According to Ojougboh, Senators got N20 million, while members of the House of Representatives received N15 million each.
But Senator Ajibola Basiru, the Senate’s spokesman officially distanced Senators from the claims. “The Senate categorically denies that any Senator collected the sum of N20 million or any sum whatsoever from NDDC as Covid relief fund of for any purpose whatsoever,” he said.
And continuing he dared the NDDC official, “The Senate challenges Dr Ojougboh to publicly provide evidence of his claim and list the names of the Senators he gave the alleged sum.
He threatened that “Failure to provide evidence of his claim, the Senate hereby demands an immediate retraction and a public apology from Dr Cairo Ojougboh.”