The Nigerian Senate has debunked the report that each of its members received N20m as COVID-19 palliative from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Spokesperson for the Senate, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, gave the clarification to the allegation in a statement on Tuesday.
“The Senate views with grave concern a statement credited to Dr Cairo Ojougboh, the Executive Director, Projects of the NDDC who alleged that National Assembly members received varying sums of money as COVID-19 palliative.
“The Senate hereby disclaims the allegation in its entirety.
“The Senate categorically denies that any Senator collected the sum of N20 million or any sum whatsoever from NDDC as COVID relief fund of for any purpose whatsoever.
“The Senate challenges Dr Ojougboh to publicly provide evidence of his claim and list the names of the Senators he allegedly gave the alleged sum.
“Failure to provide evidence of his claim, the Senate hereby demands an immediate retraction and a public apology from Dr Cairo Ojougboh,” the statement read in part.
The Director of Projects, Interim Management Committee of the NDDC, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh had alleged that senators received N20m each senator while Reps members received N15m each as palliative.