NDDC Probe: Nigerians will hear more from me, Nunieh vows

Former acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nuniehon Thursday vowed that Nigerians would hear more from the can of worms she’s been opening over her faceoff with Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio on National Assembly probe on NDDC.

Nunieh spoke at the Government House Port Harcourt, Rivers State under the protection of Governor Nyesom Wike after he rescued her from police siege at her GRA residence in perceived move to prevent her from flying to Abuja to make submissions to the House Committee probing NDDC Interim Management Committee spendings.

Wike, fulfilling his early vow to protect the Ogoni, Rivers state born former NDDC MD from undue danger, had swiftly rushed to her residence on getting wind of the siege by Mobile Police said to have been drafted from Mopol 19, moving her in his official vehicle to the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Nunieh in the comfort of her host accused Akpabio of masterminding the police invasion of her residence to allegedly stop her from making supposed early flight to Abuja to appear before the House Committee.

She told newsmen, “I was supposed to be going to Abuja to make my submissions before the House Committee.

“Meanwhile, the man that harasses me is at home. The man who stole the money, who stole government files, who asked me to take an oath is at home.

“I feel very safe in the Government House. Akpabio can’t kill me. I am from Uyo. I think he wanted to stop me from giving my submission to the NASS. He succeeded but I think definitely the House of Reps will give me another day and Nigerians will hear more.

“I had stopped talking but I just wanted to make my submissions to the House, but with this, Nigerians will hear more. They say wise men who refuse to do anything suffer the rule of idiots.”

Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, indicated that the Mopol presence at Nunieh residence wasn’t the directive of the Police Command in Rivers state, urging media enquiries to be directed to higher authorities.

Vanguard however learnt that the said Mopol 19 squad reportedly arrived at Nunieh’s 3 Owuru Creek View, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, residence about 4am, barring her from leaving for the Port Harcourt International Airport to connect the early flight to Abuja.

Nunieh alleged that “This is definitely the handiwork of those who don’t want me to tell the truth about what is going on at the NDDC. My Governor, Wike, says they have tried to pressure him to retract his warning that I should not be harmed but he has refused.

“The minister (Akpabio) thinks he can intimidate me with police but I will not be intimidated. He is afraid that I have exposed the fact that there is no forensic audit going on at the NDDC.

“Yesterday, the BPP appeared before the Committee and said they were deceived into issuing a certificate of ‘no objection’ by Akpabio who told them that the 2020 budget had been passed. No matter how long they take I will give my testimony”

Governor Wike, expressing his disgust with the police action said, “I called the Commissioner of Police, he said he was not aware. They said it’s the IGP Monitoring Team, but I have spoken to the authorities, they said the IG is not even aware.

“For me if there is any crime against Dr. Joi Nunieh, I will not back her. Some say she is not in my party, so I shouldn’t intervene, but she’s a Rivers daughter.” Vanguard Nigeria

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