NDDC probe: Nunieh testifies, Reps summon Akpabio, Pondei
The House Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) probing alleged illegal expenditure and mismanagement of funds at the Commission has summoned the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, to appear before it on Monday, July 20, 2020, after former NDDC Managing Director, Ms. Joi Nunieh, testified on Friday.
Also summoned to appear alongside Mr. Akpabio is the Managing Director of the commission, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei.
The are to appear and make presentations over their roles on the allegations levelled against them.
Pondei had walked out on the lawmakers on Thursday during an investigative hearing put together by the House of Representatives.
He said the Commission cannot partake an investigative hearing which is being presided over by the chairman of the committee who was accused by the NDDC of hijacking its projects.
Professor Pondei was of the opinion that the NDDC will not get a fair hearing.
Meanwhile, the embattled former NDDC Managing Director, Ms. Nunieh testified on Friday at the House Committee on Public Hearing via zoom.
Ms. Nunieh testified before the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC at the ongoing investigative hearing on the alleged misappropriation.
The ongoing investigation had taken a sudden twist on Thursday when police operatives invaded the Port Harcourt residence of Nunieh.
The former Managing Director was billed to appear before the committee on Thursday.
Her house was, however, besieged by security operatives which hindered her from making a physical appearance.
It took the intervention of the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesom Wike, who snatched her away from the police.
Wike, meanwhile, had asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to probe the invasion of the home of the former NDDC boss.
It was alleged that the invasion was to prevent Nunieh from moving from Port Harcourt to Abuja to testify before the panel.
In her presentation which she made to the committee, she defended herself against allegations of corruption.
Nunieh argued that there was no contractor that paid bribes.
During the eventual hearing, the top officials of the NDDC, who appeared before the committee had walked out of the sitting.
The officials had insisted that the panel Chairman, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, must step down.