Following allegations of an attempt to bribe some officials of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB with N100 million, the Bureau has invited the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio for questioning.
Federal Commissioner of the CCB, Ehiozuwa Johnson who announced the invitation of the former Akwa Ibom state Governor while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Monday, said the Bureau was looking at the allegations which were first tendered by one Jackson Ude on Twitter.
Agbonayinma who heads a subcommittee investigating the case, however said the invitation of the Minister should not be seen as a witch-hunt as the Bureau has commenced investigation into the allegations.
“We have been given a mandate by the bureau to investigate the allegation against some officials of CCB that we saw on social media. Let me be specific; one Mr Jackson Ude twitted, and it went viral, that money was given to some officials of CCB by Akpabio.
“Because of that, a committee to investigate the allegation was set up, with myself as the chairman. The committee is not to witch-hunt anyone but to do its job of defending the constitution of Nigeria.
“We invited Akpabio, who in his wisdom, came to give his side of the story. At the moment, we cannot pass judgment as the investigation is still in progress. All the accused parties remain innocent until the investigation is over,” he added.
Ude had accused Akpabio of offering N100m bribe to CCB officials to give a soft landing to Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Effiong Akwa, over discrepancies in his asset declaration form.