Governor Nyesome Wike has rescued the former NDDC MD, Joy Nunieh, from police arrest. This is following her testimony against the minister of Niger Delta Development Commission, Godswill Akpabio.
She accused Akpabio of trying to inflate the NDDC budget. She said the minister directed her to include some projects from the refugee commission in the budget of NDDC.
Her words, “Akpabio wrote me to put a list of projects from the refugee commission in the budget of NDDC. Refugee commission is another Federal Government commission for IDPs.
“How do you tell me to put some of their projects in the NDDC budget when we have so many things to do in Niger Delta? How do you explain that?”
Nunieh and Akpabio have traded allegations following the activities of the Senate ad-hoc panel investigating the alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the Interim Management Committee, IMC, of NDDC.
Akpabio had told the panel that he knew nothing about the expenditure of NDDC under Nunieh because she refused to give him briefings.
But Nunieh alleged that the minister engineered her removal for failing to follow his illegal orders.
Her words, “When we first came to the NDDC, on the day of going for the inauguration, he told me in the car ‘Madam MD, if you don’t do what I say, the same pen which I used to sign your letter, it will be the same pen I will use to remove you’,” she said.
Nunieh also alleged that Akpabio asked her to change the dollars in the NDDC account; sack the head of the legal team who is from the North; remove all directors, who refused to follow his instructions and also to implicate Peter Nwaoboshi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on NDDC.
However, on Thursday (Today), about 20 police officers stormed her house in Portharcourt and pushed for her arrest. She said: “They (police officers) came here to my home since 4a.m., they have surrounded everywhere,” Ms Nunieh told newsmen, Thursday morning.
“I am inside my house, I can’t leave for Abuja where I am scheduled to appear today before the House of Representatives Investigative hearing on NDDC,” she added.