NDDC Crisis: Former MD, Joy Nunieh Accuses Godswill Akpabio Of Corruption

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Joy Nunieh, a former acting managing director of the interim management committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh, opened up about the commission’s recent crisis while accusing the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, of fraud.

Ms Nunieh said during her brief tenure, Akpabio whose ministry supervises the NDDC, repeatedly pressured her to take “an oath of secrecy” that was meant to keep her from exposing fraud at the commission.

“For instance, he told me to raise a memo to fraudulently award emergency contracts for flood victims in the Niger Delta,” she said in a widely circulating interview published by Roots TV.

Nunieh did not provide any evidence to support her claims against the minister.
The former acting MD, who made her claim in an interview with journalists shortly after appearing before the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating NDDC on Friday, said she would have been jailed if she had succumbed to Mr Akpabio’s ‘oath of secrecy’.

She said Akpabio pressured her three times to place her “under oath” to the extent that they took the matter to the presidential villa, when she vehemently refused.

Nunieh said she feared that she would be jailed for five years if, under Mr Akpabio’s oath, she committed infraction on the Public Procurement Act and was not able to speak out, while he would be going about as a free man.

Ms Nunieh assumed office as the acting MD of NDDC after the removal of Akwagaga Enyia in October 2019, but she was sacked four months later as the crisis rocking the commission over abuse of funds kept mounting.

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