Protesters storm NDDC, demand prosecutions against suspected looters

“We are hungry and our children cannot go to school because some persons have diverted the money meant for us - Protesters
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Protesters storm NDDC, demand prosecutions against suspected looters

At the headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), aggrieved youths and women from the Niger Delta region defied heavy downpours on Monday to protest corruption allegations.

The demonstrators, who bore placards with various inscriptions, arrived at 10 am at the headquarters of the commission located along Aba Street, Port Harcourt and demanded money supposedly looted from the commission should be returned to the city.

One of the demonstrators, Namond Grace, who was close to tears, lamented the region 's misery, saying they died of starvation because a few people were busy cornering their commonwealth.

Protesters storm NDDC, demand prosecution of alleged looters

Grace said their children could no longer go to school because a few people had diverted billions of naira meant to improve the area.

She said:
“We are hungry and our children cannot go to school because some persons have diverted the money meant for us.

‘’They use our money to send their children to expensive schools abroad; build mansions and drive expensive cars while we live in abject poverty. They must bring all the money meant for us.”

Protesters storm NDDC, demand prosecution of alleged looters

The women, who came with some of their farm produce, such as cassava and vegetables, said the farms didn't do well because of oil exploration pollution.

They cried the money that was supposed to alleviate their pain, and their misery cushioning results had been diverted and squandered by commission officials.

The protest leader and Executive Director, Youth and Environmental Advocacy Center (YEAC), Fyneface Dumnamene, called for the prosecution of convicted persons for plundering the agency.

He has called on Niger Delta Affairs Minister Senator Godswill Akpabio to resign immediately.

Dumnamene further asked the Presidency to abolish the NDDC's Interim Management Committee (IMC), claiming that such structure was alien to the Interventionist Agency Act.

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