This is very interesting. Like Gbenga Aruleba of Focus Nigeria on AIT said today, this is very sad that the finest couple from 1999-2007 have today join the growing list of thiefing governors and their spouse.
Imagine collecting N18 million monthly for eight years for fund personal projects? But we were given the impression that these guys where not poor now? That they even have the franchise for Uncle Benz Rice inAfrica.
How could they allow themselves to be rubbished after the Tinapa, Obudu Ranch Tourist Resort, Maintain Race, Calabar Xmas Carnival etc?
I am waiting to see the end of this!
PC quizzes Duke, wife
Written by Ise-Oluwa Ige, Tony Edike & Emeka Mamah
Monday, 18 February 2008
*Court relaxes Igbinedion's bail conditions*Ibori asks judge to hands off case
THE Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), yesterday, quizzed the immediate past Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke, and his wife, Onari, over their disbursement of a total of N4.3 billion public funds.
Also yesterday, the Federal High Court, Enugu relaxed the bail conditions it gave Edo State former Governor, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, while Delta State former Governor, Chief James Ibori, has asked Justice M.L. Lawal of the Federal High Court, Kaduna trying him for embezzlement and money laundering to hands off the case.
Mr. and Mrs. Duke were summoned by the ICPC on the strength of statements by former council chairmen in the state to the effect that they were made to contribute one million naira every month to Mrs. Duke’s Non-Governmental Organsiation (NGO).
There are 18 local government areas in the state and the contribution lasted the eight years of Mr. Duke’s administration.
By the time he left office in May 29, 2007, a total of N1.728 billion had accrued into the NGO’s account.
Mr. Duke was separately quizzed on how he spent another N2.5 billion public fund. The couple arrived the ICPC’s premises to meet a team of interrogators.
It was also gathered that Duke was asked questions about TINAPA.
The Resident Media Consultant to the Commission, Mr. Folu Olamiti, was contacted yesterday on the responses of the accused couple to the allegations but he declined to make any disclosure.
He only confirmed that Duke and his wife appeared before the commission.