- The Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights has expressed concern over the recent controversy concerning the NDDC
- The group said the incidences witnessed in the last few days is a show of shame
- Members of the group called on all stakeholders involved to allow for the forensic audit of the intervention agency
A group, Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights, (PAIR), has expressed concern over the conduct of Ms Joi Nunieh, a former managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The group said the incidences witnessed in the last few days, especially the conduct of Nunieh is “a show of shame, prompted by wild allegations.”
The group at a briefing in Abuja on Thursday, July 16 further described the conduct of Nunieh as “overly dramatic and staged managed.”
Iriogbe Emmanuel, the coordinator of the group and James Okoronkwo, national secretary, called on the House of Representatives and Ms Nuneih to allow the forensic audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari to go on, rather than engaging in media trial.
According to the duo, “Ms Nunieh has weaponised kidnap and sexual harassment in order to score some political mileage.”
“In all of the shouting, puffing and huffing, Ms Nunieh is yet to tender any document to the House of Reps,” the group observed.
It also said the house committee conduct in recent times suggests members of the committee have been compromised.
The group stated that the new management of NDDC and the minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio, ”should be allowed some breathing space, to reposition a terribly battered commission.”
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.
She said that Nunieh’s claim that Akpabio attempted to force a corruption allegation against the chairman, Senate committee on NDDC, Peter Nwaoboshi, was baseless and untrue.
According to her, her former boss was a bad loser whose attitude left much to be desired.
In a related development, Senator Akpabio has denied the sexual harassment allegations against him by Nunieh.
Ms Nunieh, a lawyer from Rivers state, in an interview she granted Arise TV recently accused the minister of corruption, sexual harassment, pipelines bombings, secret cult activities, abuse of office, among others.
The minister in a statement issued on Wednesday, July 15 by Anietie Ekong, his spokesman, said the allegations are false.
The minister also vowed that those who looted funds meant for the NDDC will be forced to surrender their loots.
He said the era in which powerful and influential elements teamed up with staff at the NDDC to loot the intervention agency's allocation is over.