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NDDC: Reps drag Akpabio to Court

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday disclosed that the House will drag Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, to court over alleged defamation of character.

The speaker stated this on Thursday during the opening of the plenary.

Mr Akpabio had on Monday during the continuation of the investigative hearingheld to probe the allegations of corruption in the NDDC alleged that contracts of the NDDC are given out to members of the National Assembly.

The revelation rattled the House as the acting chairman of the committee, Thomas Ereyitomi, calmed some members who charged at the minister.

Following the allegations, the speaker on Tuesday gave Mr Akpabio a 48 hours ultimatum to publish names and other details of National Assembly members who benefited from contracts of the NDDC.

At the expiration of the ultimatum on Thursday, Gbajabiamila said since the minister could not publish the names, the House has resolved to drag him to court for defamation of character.

He said the minister clearly made the statement to gaslight the nation from the mal-administration and malfeasance in the NDDC.

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