An Abuja Federal High Court has restrained the Interim Management Commitee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) led by Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, from performing the functions of the board.
The court also restrained them from parading themselves as Board members of the NDDC and performing the board duties pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice which is fixed for Dec. 8, 2020 and ordered that the most senior director in the commission should take over with immediate effect.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed who presided over the matter, further granted leave to the applicant, Incorporated Trustees of Forum For Accountability and Good Governance (FAAG) to apply for judicial review for an order of mandamus compelling the Independent Corrupt practices and Other Related Offences Commission ( ICPC) to investigate the Minister of the Niger Delta, Chief Godswill Akpabio and members of the Board over allegations of N3billion contract fraud.
The judge Justice Mohammed also granted leave to the applicant to apply for judicial review of the power of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or the Minister of the Niger Delta to appoint Prof Pondei, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Caroline Nagbo and others in an interim capacity as members of the NDDC Board.
The orders contained in an enrolled order of the court dated November 5,2020 restrained members of the interim board from performing the functions of the board pending the hearing and determination of the motion fixed for December 8.
The applicant had requested that the most senior civil servant of the commission be appointed while praying that the suspended officers be stopped from accessing the commissions offices and files as they could tamper with evidence that could be used by the ICPC in its probe.