NDDC Minister, Godswill Akpabio accused of sexual harassment, forcing to take an oath for corruption
The Minister may be in court soon to answer questions on sexual harassment and corrupt moves.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has been accused of sexual harassment of the former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joi Nunieh. On Monday, Nunieh accused Akpabio of removing her from office because of insubordination and certificate issues among other things. Akpabio also alleged that morally, Nunieh had no moral right to accuse anybody of infractions because she was involved with four husbands. But, speaking on Arise Television, she said that Akpabio should tell Nigerians “the real meaning of insubordination”. The programme was anchored by former Presidential Spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati. “Akpabio should tell Nigerians the real meaning of insubordination. I had to slap him because of sexual harassment. I am the only Niger Delta woman who can slap him like that. “He should tell Nigerians why I slapped him during a meeting he called at a Guest House. That was why he said I was not removed because of corruption but because of insubordination. He should tell Nigerians what really happened. “When I was the acting MD, I stopped having meetings with Akpabio outside my office and his office because of sexual advances. He knows I am telling the truth. Why was he talking about my four husbands? Does he want to be my fifth husband? I don’t have four former husbands. He spoke on my dignity. That is why I am talking now. I didn’t say anything then because I handled him effectively”. She also accused the former Akwa Ibom Governor of using his girlfriend as a front “to take money out of NDDC”. “Akpabio’s girlfriend is the one supplying diesel to NDDC. Because of that, they refused to fix our light. He also directed her to go to the National Assembly to insert a few things into NDDC Budget. She told me that Akpabio sent her to do that and I shouted at her to leave the place immediately”. Nunieh, who revealed that she had instructed her lawyer to sue Akpabio for defamation of character, said the minister directed his Chief of Staff and some Directors to write her memos requesting for financial assistance. “Of course, I did not reply them”. Nunieh said it was not true that she spent N44 billion while in office. “We only spent N8 billion”. Displaying some documents, she declared that there was no forensic audit going on at the commission. “It is not true. There is nothing like forensic audit going on. There is only a verification exercise, unlike what Akpabio said. I have no intention of going back to the NDDC but the interest of Niger Deltans must be protected. “Immediately I assumed office, Akpabio told me to give him $1 million and I said ‘where will I get that from’? He also promised some people in Abuja that he would give them hundreds of millions of naira just for him to be in total control of NDDC. “What people should ask him is: As Niger Delta Affairs Minister, what has he achieved since he was appointed? “He also told me to include refugee projects in NDDC budgets. I refused because we have Federal Government agencies doing that. He stinks of corruption. He got 30 contracts just for himself”. She advised President Muhammadu Buhari to stop appointing people with political interests to NDDC or as Niger Delta Affairs Minister. “Once they get there, the only interest they have is how to amass wealth to prosecute their political ambition. On oath taking, Nunieh said: “It was at a meeting in Abuja. He told those present that I refused to swear to an oath. I know the implication of that. That was why I didn’t listen to him.”