THE NDDC COVID-19 PALLIATIVE CONTROVERSY: CAROLINE NAGBO HAS NO QUESTION TO ANSWER ~ Ikechi Akpuh

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The attention of the Evangelist Caroline Nagbo Media Office has been drawn to the malicious allegation by one Legborsi Sunday Yamaabana that 30 slots of the NDDC COVID-19 palliative were handed over to her for direct disbursement to Ogoni youths.

Following the allegation by Legborsi Sunday Yamaabana who claimed while speaking on a Rhythm FM “Talk of the Town” Live Radio programme in Port Harcourt on Monday, April 27, 2020, that he called and spoke with the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, the nooks and cranny of Ogoni towns and villages have been agog with the very dangerous allegation that Caroline Nagbo was given huge sums of money by the NDDC for disbursement to Ogoni youths.

We repeat for emphasis that this allegation which now constitutes a direct threat to the life and family of the Member of the NDDC Interim Management Committee has taken deep roots and spreading like wild fire because Mr. Legborsi Sunday Yamaabana as President of the Ogoni Youth Federation quoted Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission as source of his information.

 

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We wish to state very clearly that nothing can be further from the truth and categorically deny the allegation since same is patently false, wicked and accentuated by malice.

For the avoidance of every doubt, Mrs. Caroline Nagbo was neither in Rivers State at the time the NDDC considered and approved giving out palliative to Governments of the mandate States as well as Niger Delta youths to cushion the effect of the coronavirus lockdowns nor was she consulted by the Acting Managing Director or any other official of the NDDC at the disbursement of same. She has not returned to the State thereafter since movement restrictions across the nation are still in force.

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Thus, a Caroline Nagbo who was not in Rivers State before and during the disbursement of NDDC COVID-19 palliative or consulted in course of the exercise could not have received any palliative from the Acting MD or anyone for Ogoni or youths from other ethnic groups in Rivers State and the eight other mandate States of the Commission.

The Caroline Nagbo media office is aware that the funds approved for this palliative by the NDDC were disbursed through and by Mr. Alfred Etuk, the Special Assistant on Youth Matters to the Acting Managing Director/CEO of the Commission. It needs to be emphasized therefore that Alfred Etuk is the person who has questions to answer on the disbursement or management of the NDDC palliative approved for Niger Delta youths. He should be held accountable for same and Caroline Nagbo excused on this by those who are on a sinister mission to malign her character and hard-earned integrity.

It is sufficient to state that as a Member of the NDDC Interim Management Committee and the person in charge of the Women, Youths, Sports and Culture Directorate of the Commission, she should and ought to have driven the palliative disbursement process.

Unfortunately, that was never the case. Unscrupulous politicians and their hireling should therefore desist from dragging the name of an innocent woman in defence of their actions and inactions.

 

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The Ogoni nation and all men of good conscience are called upon to disregard the fabrications by Legborsi Sunday Yamaabana. At the right time, Mrs. Nagbo whose unimpeachable character, uncompromising commitment to the cause of the Niger Delta as a veteran of the Ogoni struggle from her days as Desk Officer of MOSOP under the leadership of Ken Saro-Wiwa has been smeared would seek appropriate redress.

In the meantime, while Mrs. Nagbo further commits to join her colleagues in the IMC to discharge the huge responsibility President Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Honourable Minister for the Niger Delta, have placed on the Committee in the cleanup of the NDDC, we demand an unequivocal public apology and retraction of the defamatory statements by Mr. Yamaabana on Rhythm FM which have put the life of Mrs. Caroline Nagbo in imminent danger within the next seven (7) days.

Where Legborsi Sunday Yamaabana fails to retract his scandalous allegation on the same Radio station and programme within these seven (7) days, he will be held responsible for whatever harm that may befall Mrs. Nagbo.

Our lawyers have already been instructed to take the necessary legal steps to redeem the badly damaged public image and reputation of Mrs. Caroline Nagbo.

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