- The embattled former NDDC MD, Joy Nunieh, has appeared before the House of Reps committee
- The Reps committee on NDDC is investigating alleged illegal expenditure and mismanagement by the commission
- Governor Wike had on Thursday, July 16, prevented police from arresting Nunieh
Joy Nunieh, the embattled former acting managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), on Friday, July 17, appeared before the House of Representatives committee on NDDC over alleged illegal expenditure and mismanagement by the commission.
Legit.ng reports that the investigation of the NDDC took another twist on Thursday, July 16, as the police invaded Nunieh's residence in Port Harcourt.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, who prevented the police from taking Nunieh away, had asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to probe the invasion of the home of the former NDDC boss.
It was alleged that the invasion was to prevent Nunieh from moving from Port Harcourt to Abuja to testify before the panel.
The report has it that in Abuja, top officials of the NDDC, who appeared before the committee had walked out of the venue of the sitting after insisting that the panel chairman, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, must step down.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nunieh alleged that the Niger Delta minister, Godswill Akpabio, committed a criminal offence punishable by life imprisonment.
It was reported that Nunieh also vowed to make more revelations about the corruption in the agency.
She made the statement on Thursday, July 16, after Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, reportedly rescued her from the besiege by armed police officers on her residence.
According to her, Akpabio stole money and tried to make her take an oath which is a criminal offence, and punishable with life imprisonment.
In another report, the Peoples Alliance for Indigenous Rights (PAIR) expressed concern over the conduct of Nunieh in the ongoing controversy in the commission.
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 Nunieh to allow the forensic audit ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari to go on, rather than engaging in media trial.