OYOGist.com has learned that the former Acting Managing Director at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh has alleged that she was pressured to spend the sum N10 billion as Christmas palliatives in 2019 but she refused.
The former NDDC Managing Director made the allegation on Friday, July 17, when she appeared before the House of Representatives committee investigating the affairs of theNDDC, The Nation reported.
Nunieh told the committee that if she had given in to the pressure, each of the state under the operations of the commission would have collected a minimum of N1 billion. The former NDDC boss however, pointed out that her refusal to play along resulted in her being sacked from the NDDC.
Nunieh also described the forensic audit in the NDDC as false. The former NDDC Managing Director alleged that no such audit has started in the commission despite alleged huge_ payments made for the purpose.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, said he has instructed his lawyers to seek necessary-redress in a court of competent jurisdiction on his behalf over the defamatory statements made by the former NDDC boss.
The former NDDC Managing Director in an interview with news-men had raised some accusations against the minister of Niger Delta affairs. But in a statement signed Thursday in Abuja by Akpabio special assistant on media, Anietie Ekong, described all the allegations as ‘cornucopia of false, libellous and malicious,’ adding that the former governor of Awka Ibom State will seek redress in a Court of law.
The statement said: ‘The Honourable Minister’s initial attitude was to allow his lawyers and the judicial system-vindicate him of the false allegations against him, but he’s compelled to react to some of the wayward_allegations levied against his person by Ms Nunieh, especially the one bothering on sexual harassment.