31 October 2012

Nigeria: Alleged N29 Billion Fraud - Orubebe Threatens Whistleblower With Court Action

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, yesterday, at a press conference in Abuja, threatened to institute legal action against a non -governmental organisation, Anti Corruption Network; headed by a former member of the House of Representatives Dino Melaye, for daring to tarnish his image and that of the Minister of Finance over alleged fraud of N29bn on non-existent projects awarded to companies.

He described the executives of the NGO as suffering from adulthood madness and recklessness. "He's a misfit to the organisation he's representing. He shouldn't be talking about transparency. He's looking for where people will compromise with him", Orubebe said.

Orubebe maintained that Dino Melaye's allegations was an indictment on his person and that the former lawmaker should be prepared to meet him in court over the matter.

While harping that his name (Orubebe), represents integrity and one who cannot compromise, the minister, said that Dino Melaye was a political tout who had no integrity. He insisted that his administration will not tolerate any act of unwarranted blackmail, hence, his decision to head to Court.

Elder Orubebe who received the news of the allegations far away in Calabar , returned back to Abuja , Tuesday, to describe it as one lacking in fact and sponsored by a political tout, whom he was not ready to patronise, while claiming that his ministry's performance level in the Niger Delta region stands at 96 per cent.

He noted that they have judiciously used funds made available to the ministry since 2009 when it was created.

"There is nothing like rot in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, as far as finance and contract awards and implementation is concerned.

We deal with files not with contractors. There is sanity in my ministry. We will never record any case of fraud. This is because we have very transparent and sincere workforce", he stated.

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