The leadership of Edo Progressive Indigenes Association (EPIA) has warned that it will institute litigation against the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Edo State branch, if found complicit in the “corruption galore” going on in the commission.
The activities of the Interim Management Committee of the commission are being probed by the House of Representatives.
Reacting to the probe in Benin City, the Edo State capital, Edo Indigenous Movement Leader and President of EPIA, Chief J.O. Enoyiogiere Edokpolo condemned the alleged corruption in the NDDC.
He stated that the country should be embarrassed that the issue of corruption seems unending as different ministries, agencies and even the national assembly “seep with the odious stink of corruption.”
“I am not surprised but is obviously angry that at this stage of our national life, we are still battling with this thing called corruption,” he said.
“Unfortunately, its now at a level where it looks impossible to eliminate, because those who are supposed to enforce its elimination are all into the game.
“But we at EIM and EPIA do not believe in the power of corruption over our people. This is because of the strong cultural value behind every Edo indigene.
“We want to however warn that, as Niger Deltans, and naturally, benefactors of the NDDC projects and plans, we will not fold our hands and watch a few individuals corner or pocket wealth meant for the people.
“We warn Edo NDDC that we are embarking on a fact-finding mission, and woe betide if the agency is found wanting.
“Edo Indigenes will fight corruption at the level of the NDDC with all that we have got. We will not sit back and watch one man or a group of people squander our commonwealth, or pocket what is the right of our people. Let no man think he can do that here in Edo State.
“We all must play our different roles to ensure that we eliminate corruption in this country.”