EFCC investigates Uduaghan’s Multi-Billion Naira Asaba International Airport, Quizzes Govt. Officials

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is reported to have turned its attentions to the multi-billion Asaba International Airport built by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, last week quizzing some Delta State government officials.

EFCC sources who confided in our reporter revealed that, “The state Tender Board chairman for the award of the contract and the Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, Mr. Austin Ayemidejor, members of the Board and Airport Director, and other members of the Board excluding Prof Utuama because of immunity had been requested to report at the commission’s headquarters, Abuja. But, they sent a lawyer to plead with the commission to extend the time. On the new date which was on Tuesday, December, 11, 2012, Ayemidejor and other government officials reported and were all quizzed here in the commission where they were later granted bail and told to report on December, 21st with all the necessary documents concerning the award of the airport.”

Investigations by our reporter revealed that the beaming of the commission’s eyes on the most controversial Asaba International Airport might be connected to a petition said to have been written to the commission by a legal practitioner of Delta State origin who is based in Abuja.

Declining to reveal the name of the petitioner, the impeccable EFCC source the letter was entitled ““Suspicious Award of Contracts By Officials of The Delta State Government on The Asaba International Airport and Organization of South-South Summit by The Delta State Government.”

The petition, he said, raised alarm about the rather suspicious manner that certain officials of the Delta State Government awarded the contract as well as subsequent developments concerning the airport among other numerous questionable projects and numerous futile personal attempts by the petitioner to obtain information from the state Government pertaining to the said Airport.

“That the Officials of the Delta State Government have refused to give the information requested by the petitioner and had read on the newspapers sometime in May, 2012, the award of the contract of an additional sum of N7.4 Billion Naira for the evacuation of surrounding hills near the Airport and for the extension of the original runway which has been completed on the excuse that the Government of Delta State needed to extend the said runaway in order to accommodate the Presidential Airport as they were expecting the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a guest at a SOUTH-SOUTH SUMMIT hosted by the Delta State Government besides the original contract sum that the Delta State Government have refused to make public.”

Confiding further, our source disclosed that “The petitioner who is a regular user of the Asaba International Airport and a regular visitor to Asaba knows for a fact that no such hills existed anywhere near the Asaba International Airport. That it was more worrisome and suspicious that the contract for this evacuation of the said hills and extension lasted for only ten days, a time too short for a job of that magnitude if such was really done. That the actual cost of the contract has continually remained a secret except to a few officials of the Delta State Government and the contractor, one ULO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED handling the construction of the said Airport and suspects that certain officials of the Delta State Government used and are still using the construction of the said Airport to defraud the Government and good people of Delta State of huge sums of money running into several hundreds of billions of Naira using the construction of the said Airport as a guise.”

It was further learnt that the petitioner who is unhappy over the fraudulent and corrupt manner the airport is being handled by the state government, noted that the officials of the state government in the know of the contracts include but not limited to MRS ESIEVO OREZI, the Commissioner for Special Duties on Infrastructures in charge of the Ministry of the state government that oversees selected projects termed ‘Special Projects’, including the Asaba International Airport, as well as the Commissioner for Finance, the Director, Finance and Administration and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance as well as the Management of ULO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LIMITED and other companies that are involved in the project.

Following independent investigations, our reporter was able to establish a link with the counsel to the petitioner who simply gave his name as Mr. Bello O.W. (Esq).  He confirmed that upon the instructions of a client, a petition was written to the chairman of the EFCC over what he called fraudulent and corrupt award of contracts of the airport.

According to the counsel, “Yes, there are numerous salient issues raised in that petition and we can authoritatively tell you that the commission has already swung into action. Government officials have been quizzed and award of contract documents have also been requested for, so we are progressing. Our Client suspects too that organization of the SOUTH-SOUTH SUMMIT by the Delta State Government was also used as another guise by the Officials of the Delta State Government including but not limited to those named in [the petition] to defraud the Government and good people of Delta State as several Billions of Naira is claimed to have been spent by the Government of Delta State while the Government of Delta State has refused to release any information on the subject matter. So we have appealed to the commission to use its good office to investigate these curious activities of the Delta State Government to save the good people of Delta State. We also assure the commission that our Client shall be physically present whenever required by your Office.”

When contacted, it took the Airport project Director and former commissioner for Education, Mr. Austin Ayemidejor over one week to respond, but he did confirm the story, adding, "The state was actually invited based on some issues raised in the petition. The state has responded for now to all of those things and they are working on that."

When asked about the state reporting back to the commission next Friday, the 21st of December, with relevant documents concerning the project, the Director, who appeared to be in panic, stated that he was not aware of such a thing, but that he would confirm attempt to obtain that information.

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The snake does not give birth to a millipede

We in Delta State knows about all these but are just resolved to allow natural justice take it course; as it was for Ibori, so shall it be for his cousin - Uduaghan.
The college of Physical Education, Mosoghar near Oghara in Delta state is issued a monthly impress of #4m to run the school by Uduaghan & his 'thiefi' 'thiefi' gang. But go & check the documents on ground there, #8m was signed to have been disbursed to the Provost but only #4m was physically given as school impress every month. #4m enters voice-mail. That is how it has been with all Delta State institutions but am only privy to see the records of the College of Education, Mosoghar. Even the purchase of numerous Keke Napep (tricycle), transport buses, the same thing. Leave Uduaghan alone, lets see how he can escape all these when the chips are down like Ibori's time.

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@akpos, because the SS

@akpos, because the SS contributes the bulk of the wealth of Nigeria, governor uduaghan should be left to rob delta state blatantly? U need to have ur head re examined by psychiatrists. Shameless uduaghan bootlickers. Before it was ibori and people like u said odidigborigbo, nothing dey happen! Where is he today? We deltans are patiently waiting for Uduaghan's tenure to end, then we will see what u akpos will do to save him. Shameless mugu

Na wa ooo

EFCC please keep the good work going. Uduaghan is Thief Ibori cousin,Ibori rigged and forced him on the people of Delta.

In warri and most part of delta none like Uduaghan not even little children,everyone swear at him every day. This guy hasn't done anything. Asaba airport was built during Ibori tenor. All the roads in warri has turned pothole,primary schools ripped off. To confirm this go check the facebook group liberate delta you'll see so many evidence there.

Beside this guy has turned Gadaffi,people are even afraid t mention his name in warri,cause you might get killed.Uduaghan is also being called murderer of innocent Deltans who've decided to stand against corruption.

what is this thief called Uduaghan doing with all the money allocated to Delta state?

EFCC Uduaghan is far worser than Ibori

EFCC please keep the good work going. Uduaghan is Thief Ibori cousin,Ibori rigged and forced him on the people of Delta.

In warri and most part of delta none like Uduaghan not even little children,everyone swear at him every day. This guy hasn't done anything. Asaba airport was built during Ibori tenor. All the roads in warri has turned pothole,primary schools ripped off. To confirm this go check the facebook group liberate delta you'll see so many evidence there.

Beside this guy has turned Gadaffi,people are even afraid t mention his name in warri,cause you might get killed.Uduaghan is also being called murderer of innocent Deltans who've decided to stand against corruption.

what is this thief called Uduaghan doing with all the money allocated to Delta state?

EFCC why border, Uduaghan have saved for the rainy days ahead.

Uduaghan etal have saved for these types of bumps. The post Ribadu EFCC we all know is just basking for its share of Uduaghan's saving. Another round of bounty harvest is coming the way of 9ja Judicial officials. A repeat of the stollen mandate good time for our Judges. We in Delta are now too aware of these dramas. The fibble, hungry and weakened people of Delta State are noting expecting anything new from this macabre dance started by the present EFCC but on God's inevitabble dramatic intervention at his appointed time.

What does the Delta Govt have to fear >

If this contract was awarded and performed in line with the principles that govern such awards then they have nothing to worry about. present the documents for EFCC and finite. But a N7.4 billion contract completed in 10 days does smack of concerns. it is common knowledge that grossly inflated contracts are the usual avenues that government officials use to plunder the treasury.

@ Abubakar Ibrahim - it goes beyond that!

I believe the petitioner is right to ask for transparency on these matters that he has raised otherwise we will sacrifice probity for tokenism. He has not disputed that the project is in existence but has simply called into question the amount purportedly spent on it; same way I am sure you would raise questions if told a bowl of garri is now 2 million naira and you need to pay another 20,000 Nairn for the sugar and groundnuts to consume especially if you do not see any groundnut nearby!

Correct ur publication, pls.

1. The Commissioner for Infrastructure, Esievo Orize is not incharge of the Asaba International Airport.
2. I also expect you make ur publication and devoid it from sentinments.
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Ibrahim I am sure you are a

Ibrahim I am sure you are a thief,which stupid airport did you see,the governor is stealing our money with his wife,children and friends and you are talking thrash.

Leave Uduagham alone.... His country produces over 97% of

Leave Uduagham alone.... His country produces over 97% of the monthly income of Continent Nigeria. If the Govs of Sokoto, Oyo, Zamfara, Ogun spend money, the you can shout bcos they are not productive. When the countries of the SS&SE spend, just shut up & leave them alone.

Take a look at the statistics of Regional contribution to the Continent's treasury:

1. South South(SS) ---> 62%
2. South East (SE) ---> 36.5%
3. South West (SW) ---> 1.5 %
4. North East (NE) ---> 0%
5. North West (NW) ---> 0%
6. North Central(NC) -->0%

What is the use of regions/countries 3-6?

The SS&SE cannot continue with these barren people. IMPOSSIBLE.

Long live the United States of the SS&SE

EFCC propaganda...

What rubbish. They SS can do whatever they want with the money. The money was derived from the oil at their backyard after all. What about those from the SW and north who contributes nothing to the nation's economy. Those who squander our money in saudi in their so called hajj every year. EFCC should first go after those who have brought fake one sham naija to it knees without contributing a dime to the national treasury. If pot-belly Lamorde is serious he should first go after IBB, ota gorilla, swine mouth Dimeji Bankole, ACN thug Tinubu, just to mention but a few. Until then...

ENIMIES OF GOOD WORK

Some Nigerians never allow good things to happin, to me this issue of Asaba Airport are just bunch of frustrated politicians trying to spoil the name of the governor, yes i mean blackmail. I was in Asaba about 5months ago and i was highly impressed with the brand new airport, Why didnt Sahara Reporters put the pictures, i ask the petitioner to come to the North and see how government funds are squandered with nothing to show, why is EFCC or the petitioner when over a Trillion Naira was stolen in the name of FUEL SUBSIDY ?pls SR stop putting this kind of stories when even a blind man can see that structure now on the ground in Asaba

Heheheeheee!

Anything borne of a snake must be long and rope-like.

Mustard Seed

These are the only stories you hear from Nigeria. "EFCC quizzes ......"

What's the result.

The mustard seed called corruption in Nigeria now has a very big trunk. If you cut it down, the village would go with it.

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