NDDC probe: Nothing should happen to our daughter, says Rivers govt

NDDC probe: Nothing should happen to our daughter, says Rivers govt

- The Rivers state government has publicly thrown its weight behind its indigene Joy Nunieh

- Nunieh, immediate past acting managing director of the NDDC has been involved with a public spat with Godswill Akpabio

- The Rivers government says it will not fail to protect its daughter from harm and danger

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The Rivers state government has reacted to the public spat between Ms Joi Nunieh, the immediate past acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

A statement by the Rivers state commissioner of information and communications, Paulinus Nsirim, on Tuesday, July 14, warned that Nunieh must not suffer any harm in the course of the recent investigations into the activities of the NDDC.

NDDC probe: Nothing should happen to our daughter, says Rivers govt
Senator Akpabio has been in the eye of the storm after his public spat with the ex-NDDC boss. Photo credit: Akpabio media
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“While we are not interested in identifying with the present unfolding drama in the NDDC, we will not, however, fail to protect our daughter from actual harm or perceived danger.

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“We advise those involved in the present altercations in the NDDC to thread with caution in their actions and utterances,” part of the statement read.

The statement attracted commendation from Rivers indigene, especially because Nunieh is from a different political leaning in the state.

“Our own is our own no matter the party sentiment. We stand with River state Government to protect that which belong to us. Joi belongs to us, Bright Worlu,” a Rivers indigene wrote on Facebook.

Blessing Nwiyor wrote: “My governor you're on point. Nothing should happen to our intelligent Gbene Chief Dr Barr. Joi Bariyimebe Nunieh.”

Nunieh, a lawyer, had among other things, accused Akpabio of forcing her to take an oath of secrecy and sexual harassment.

The minister, however, fired back with personal attacks saying the woman has had four husbands in the past and she didn't do the one-year compulsory National Youth Service Corps.

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Despite the open altercations, the federal government has kept mute as both officials wash their dirty linen in public.

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Meanwhile, Donu Kogbara, former media adviser to Nunieh has advised her former principal to take the decision to relieve her of her duties in good fate.

Kogbara, a veteran journalist, gave the advice in a statement sent to journalists on Monday, July 13 while reacting to the recent controversy involving Nunieh and Akpabio.

According to her, her former boss was a bad loser whose attitude left much to be desired.

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