The sack of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) last week Saturday by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, and announced by President Muhammadu Buhari spokesman, Femi Adesina, may have come as a shock to Nigerians especially the IMC members but SecretReporters can report authoritatively that Akpabio had long concluded plan to kick them out and leave only his protégé who served as the Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Effiong Akwa.
Sources within Akpabio’s camp confided in this medium that his decision to kick away the IMC members was due largely to the attitude of the Acting Executive Director of Projects, Mr. Cairo Ojugboh, who had started leaking Akpabio’s plot to some Senators, to curry favor from them, an action that was found out.
The Minister’s decision to totally end it all for them reached a crescendo when Cairo and Effiong began to have a showdown. In one of such instances, we gathered that the EDP traveled and refused to hand over some documents to the EDFA. Despite calls placed to him to come to the office to release the documents, he refused, which led to breaking down the door of his office, a source alleged. It took the intervention of Akpabio who settled them in his house in Abuja. From that moment, the plot to throw Cairo under the bus was sealed.
We also gathered that as the EDP, Cairo had become wealthy, building mansions in Abuja which were all completed in less than six months. Soon as he heard the IMC has been kicked out, he rushed to the airport on Sunday morning to fly to Port Harcourt in order to take out documents from the office, squealed a reliable source to us. It is not clear if he was allowed to enter the commission’s building.
The current sole administrator of the commission was the Managing Director of Akwa Ibom Savings and loans under Akpabio as Governor and later pushed him to become Special Adviser to Dan Abia when the former Governor nominated him as MD of NDDC. Under his reign, Akwa Ibom savings and loans fared badly with debts written all over its books.