- Expectations are high ahead of Godswill Akpabio's appearance before the House of Representatives on Monday, July 20
- Akpabio has been summoned by the House' committee on the NDDC
- The commission has been engulfed in allegations of financial fraud in recent times
Security around the National Assembly (NASS) complex and vicinity was on Monday, July 20, beefed ahead of some developments of national interest.
Godswill Akpabio is expected to appear before the committee of the House of Representatives on the Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Channels TV reports
The NDDC is currently engulfed in a series of allegations bordering on financial corruption to the tune of N40 billion.
Akpabio, who is the minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, is expected to answer questions from the committee which is overseeing an ongoing probe.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Akpabio said he had instructed his lawyers to seek necessary redress in court over the recent comments of Joi Nunieh.
Nunieh, the former acting managing director of the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC, recently accused Akpabio of sexual harassment.
Akpabio said he was approaching a competent court of jurisdiction over what he described as 'defamatory statements' made by Nunieh.
In a statement signed on Friday, July 17, by his special assistant on media, Anietie Ekong, the minister described all the allegations as “cornucopia of false, malicious and libellous.”
Part of the statement read: “The honourable minister’s initial attitude was to allow his lawyers and the judicial system vindicate him of the false allegations against him, but he is compelled to react to some of the wayward allegations levied against his person by Ms Nunieh, especially the one on sexual harassment.
“To start with, let it be known that there is no scintilla of truth in all the allegations peddled around by Ms Nunieh. They are simply false!"
Senator Akpabio had earlier denied the sexual harassment allegations against him by Nunieh.
Added to this, Donu Kogbara, former media adviser to Nunieh had 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.