The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has received the forensic auditor’s report from the security team of the forensic auditors who investigated the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) between 2001 and 2020.
Rear Admiral Bamidele Oluwagbamila, the leader of the 389-member security team, was the one who submitted the Forensic Auditors report to Godswill Akpabio.
Admiral Oluwagbamila while submitting the report stated that the security team, which was formed about a year ago, comprised the personnel of the Nigerian Navy, Army, Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Services (DSS), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and was put up to provide security for the auditors as they carried out the forensic audit of the NDDC.
“We enjoyed the support of the ministry we were provided with all the logistics that were needed for the job and over 398 personnel of the security agencies were involved in this exercise.
“This is a very big plus for the minister for carrying out this audit exercise and for all the support he has given us.”
He said throughout the period of the exercise, the team did not lose anyone, adding that: “All the properties that were entrusted in their care, we can confidently account for them.”
Governor Akpabio after he received the report gave is remarks saying that the report would definitely be a turning point for the NDDC and the development of the Niger Delta region.
“From my own observation, l want to thank you for taking this national assignment seriously. This assignment was from the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, though being supervised by the ministry. I want to thank you on his behalf, the security committee for a very difficult job done well.
“From all indications, it is clear that the security agency were not only committed to their assignment but also carried out their task with professionalism. As such, there were no incidence on the forensic auditors, support staff whether in their areas of residence or in the communities (individuals or groups).
“They welcomed you mostly with pomp and ceremony; they were excited to see all of you and they gave you all the cooperation. l believe that is because of the approach and tactics you used in approaching your job.”