The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has accused a Director in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Solomon Okpa Ita of using Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) as fronts to embezzle governmemnt funds
Following this discovery, the commission has approached a Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking an the interim forfeiture of a petrol station and a warehouse belonging to a Director in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Solomon Okpa Ita.
The commission in an ex-parte motion, filed before the court accused the NDDC director of acquiring the properties that also included an event centre located in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, with alleged proceeds from corrupt practices.
The suit was filed pursuant to Section 6 (6) (a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
The ICPC prayed the court to grant an order of interim forfeiture for Agare Wills Petroleum/ Gas Station Ltd, and Agare Wills Event Centre and Warehouse, all located on Parliamentary Extension Expressway, Calabar.
The Commission said that the director could not show evidence that the properties were obtained with his legitimate earnings.
Accordng to the commission investigation, Solomon Ita was said to have in one instance, facilitated the payment of N20m into the account of one of the NGOs which was then transferred to the Zenith bank account of a third party.
The third party, while acting on instructions from the Director, was said to have transferred the same amount to one Ita Williams Okpa, for onward handing over to the Director.
Another illegal transaction of N45m was made through the same channel for his personal use, the ICPC said.
Besides being accused of using shell NGOs to siphon funds from his employer, ICPC said that Solomon Ita was fully involved in the running of his private businesses while still a director with NDDC.
The commission noted that it was seeking the order of interim forfeiture of the properties to stop the director from using them to fund activities that may make the country unstable and ungovernable.
Meanwhile, the final stock in the filling station at the point of seizure by ICPC has been sold off and proceeds remitted to the ICPC Recovery Account in CBN.