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40bn NDDC probe: Reps Ctee Chair steps down

The controversy trailing the ongoing investigation on the alleged N40 billion irregular expenditures in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), continued yesterday with the resignation of the Chairman , House of Representatives Committee of the commission, Rep. Olubumi Tunji-Ojo.
AbeyaNews reports that Tunji-Ojo (APC-Ondo), stepped down today following accusations of involvement in deep corrupt practices in the Commission.
Following several petitions against the commission, the NDDC is currently being investigated on alleged N40 billion irregular expenditures.
Abeyanews reports that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the NDDC had on Thursday, July 16, walked-out on lawmakers during a public hearing after accusing Tunji-Ojo of corrupt practices in the commission.
But stepping aside yesterday, Tunji-Ojo said that as a federal lawmaker, he had kept his integrity in service of the people and would continue to do so.
“I am not a president or governor and so I do not enjoy immunity; if you have case against me, send to the relevant security agencies and if I have case to answer, I will appear.
“I read in national newspaper where the IMC accused me of being on revenge mission; this is not true; this investigation is about the emancipation of the Niger Delta people.
“This is not about any individual but the good of the Niger Delta people and so I step aside as chairman to allow all party have a sense of free and fair hearing,” he said.
The ongoing investigative public hearing, Abeyanews reports is now being chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the committee, Rep. Thomas Ereyitomi.

By ABEYANEWS CORRESPONDENT, with agency reports
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