ADEOLA AJAYI, EKITI
A former acting managing director of the interim management committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh, has accused the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, of fraud. For instance, he told me to raise a memo to fraudulently award emergency contracts for flood victims in the Niger Delta,”
She said Mr 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.
“He told me to take an oath. Though he denied that, he told me three times. We had a reconciliation at the Villa in the office of Sarki Abba, the S.A. to the President on Domestics,” she said.
Ms 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
Joy Nunieh [PHOTO CREDIT: Businessday.ng]
“One of the issues raised against me was that I awarded contracts without them knowing about it. I’m sure that is what they told you people yesterday.
“Nobody makes payments in NDDC without Godswill Akpabio’s consent. When we first came to NDDC on the day of the inauguration, we were going to the camp, he told me Madam MD, if you don’t do what I said, the same pen I used in signing your letter; that is the same pen I will use in removing you.
“He said the first thing I should do, when I get to Port Harcourt, is to change dollars in (the) NDDC account into Naira. I told him I am scared to do that. He claimed that I have a poverty mentality, that I was afraid of money. All of you knew he accused me of that, saying I am afraid to spend money.
“After two days, he came to Port Harcourt and told (me) that what I should do is to change dollars and I said I cannot just do that. He said I (should) remove Mr Kaltungo from legal and send him on compulsory retirement and he said we cannot have a northerner as head of the legal unit.”