Nigeria's anti-graft Agency, 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 of Delta State, South Souith, Nigeria.
Online News medium, Sahara Reporters claims that EFCC sources who confided in them 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 by 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 contract for the airport.”
Reports say 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 was quoted as saying that 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.