Former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Commission (NDDC), Ms. Joi Nunieh who armed Policemen tried to abduct from her Portharcourt Home Thursday morning has alleged that the Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio was indeed the one who arranged for the Policemen to take her away.
The former NDDC boss vowed that no matter what, she would make more revelations about the corruption in the agency.
Armed police officers were reported to have surrounded Ms Nunieh’s private residence since 4 a.m. Thursday But a video on social media showed the state governor leading a procession to Ms Nunieh’s house, and leading her to the government house, Port Harcourt.
Now at the government house, Ms Nunieh minutes after she was “rescued” by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, from her own house emphatically that Godswill Akpabio was behind the abduction attempt.
The video showed armed police men in her compound but as at 2200 hours of Thursday night, the Nigerian Police has not deemed it fit to make comments on the abduction attempt.
The state police spokesperson, Omoni Nnamdi, claimed ignorance of the siege.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who saved the former NDDC boss said it is an international shame for the Police to be used to abduct a woman and prevent her from exposing corruption.
Ms Nunieh was due to appear before a panel of the House of Representatives over the corruption allegations rocking the agency she once headed, but the siege barred her.
The eventual session that was held ended in an impasse as the new NDDC management walked out on the House panel, accusing its leadership of corruption.
“I think he (Akpabio) wanted to stop me from giving my submission today (at the House of Representatives Committee hearing on NDDC),” Ms Nunieh told reporters.
“He succeeded. But I am sure the House of Representatives would give me another day, and Nigerians will hear more.
“Akpabio can’t kill me. Definitely, he can’t. I am not from Uyo now,” she added. “But why do people think he has the monopoly of violence?”
“The man who (sexually) harassed me is at home. The man who stole money is at home. The man who stole government files is at home. The man who took money is at home. The man who wanted me to take (a fetish) oath is at home. It is a criminal offence, its life imprisonment, to take such an oath. To even offer me an oath is liable,” the former NDDC MD said.
When reached, Mr. Akpabio’s aide, Anietie Ekong, said “Don’t you think the police would be in a better position to explain why they wanted her?”
Both Ms. Nunieh and Mr. Akpabio have been dishing out corruption allegations and counter-allegation recently against each other.
On one hand, Ms. Nunieh has accused Mr. Akpabio of corruption, sexually harassment, offering her bribe and attempting to make her take an oath of secrecy in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to get to the bottom of the NDDC scandal once and for all. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila said the NDDC had for 20 years dished out shame to the people of Niger Delta and Nigerians.