- Joy Nunieh, a former managing director at the NDDC alleged that she was pressured to spend N10 billion on Christmas palliatives in 2019
- The former managing director made the allegation when she appeared before the House of Reps committee investigating the NDDC
- Nunieh pointed out that her refusal to play along resulted in her being sacked from the NDDC
Joy Nunieh, a former managing director at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) alleged that she was pressured to spend the sum N10 billion as Christmas palliatives in 2019 but she refused.
The former managing director made the allegation on Friday, July 17, when she appeared before the House of Representatives committee investigating the affairs of the NDDC, The Nation reported.
She told the committee that if she had given in to the pressure, each of the state under the operations of the commission would have collected a minimum of N1 billion.
Nunieh however, pointed out that her refusal to play along resulted in her being sacked from the NDDC.
The former managing director also described the forensic audit in the NDDC as false. She alleged that no such audit has started in the commission despite alleged huge payments made for the purpose.
Meanwhile, as the corruption mess in the NDDC continues to dig deeper, the House of Representatives has summoned the minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akapbio.
Akpabio was slammed with a summon notice on Friday, July 17, by the House of Reps committee on the Niger Delta commission.
Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, the managing director of the commission, was also summoned barely 24 hours he walked out of the probing committee.
In another report, the commissioner of police in Rivers state, Joseph Mukan, has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to release the former managing director of the NDDC to the force.
Mukan on Friday, July 17, said that Governor Wike did well to protect Nunieh, but added that he should do it within the confines of the law. He stated that the police is in a better position to protect rescued citizens, TVC News reports.
The police commissioner added that although no notice was issued to Nunieh, a very worrisome allegation was made against her that requires immediate action.
Mukan went on to say that the Inspector-General of Police monitoring unit from Abuja came on a legitimate duty to invite her, but that she turned down the invitation.
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