- Fresh revelations about fraud against Godswill Akpabio, the minister of Niger Delta affairs are beginning to manifest
- This is coming as NDDC's former acting managing director made shocking allegations against Akpabio
- Akpabio, a minister under the current government has been accused of fraud and other activities
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Despite going through a turbulent period the former acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Joy Nunieh has made some stunning allegations against the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio.
According to a report by The Cable, Nunieh is accusing Akpabio of fraud, adding that he would never sign any document, but rather ask his subordinates to commit double-dealing.
The former acting managing director of NDDC alleged that she was asked by the minister to change dollars in the commission's account.
Nunieh speaking to journalists after appearing before a Senate ad-hoc committee also alleged that Akpabio asked her to sack a northerner who heads the legal team and remove all directors who did not want to follow his instructions.
She further said the former governor asked her to also implicate Peter Nwaoboshi, the chairman of the Senate committee on NDDC.
According to Nunieh, Akpabio engineered her removal from office for refusing to dance to his tunes. The former acting NDDC managing director explained that the minister warned that she would be removed if she did not follow his instructions.
Nunieh went on to note that she refused when Akpabio requested that she take an oath of secrecy in order not to expose him.
She said: “When we first came to the NDDC, on the day of going for the inauguration, he told me in the car that ‘Madam MD, If you don’t do what I say, the same pen which I use to sign your letter, it will be the same pen I will use to remove you.
“Two days after the inauguration, he said the first thing I should do is to make sure I change the dollars; I should remove Mr Kaltugo from being legal and send him on compulsory retirement.
“He said I should remove all the other directors that refuse to take his instructions during the time of Mrs Akwagaga, that is the predecessor before I came. So, he came also with a draft letter that I should write and put it on my letterhead implicating senator Nwaoboshi of collecting contracts in NDDC."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the chairman of the Senate committee on Niger Delta, raised an accusing finger against Akpabio.
Nwaoboshi said Akpabio failed to execute the contracts he got from the commission worth N500 million, The Nation reports. The fresh accusation came amid a series of ongoing altercations between the Senate and NDDC, following President Muhammadu Buhari's order mandating the forensic audit of the commission.
In other news, the sum of N1.5 billion was used as COVID-19 relief funds for the staff of the NDDC, Kemebradikumo Pondei, the acting managing director of the commission has said.
Pondei made the disclosure on Thursday, July 9, when he appeared before a Senate committee investigating the alleged N40 billion corruption allegation against the commission. The managing director was accompanied by other delegates from the commission to the seven-man ad-hoc investigating committee.
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