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I slapped Akpabio for sexually harassing me — ex-NDDC boss


The suspended Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Interim Management Committee, Joi Nunieh, has accused the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswil Akpabio of sexual harassment.

Fielding questions on Arise News this morning, Ms. Nunieh revealed that he once slapped the Minister for attempting to “come on” her.

She however said, what Akpabio attempted to do could not be regarded as ‘attempted rape’, but sexual harassment.

Justifying why she slapped the minister, the former NDDC MD said Akpabio was always scheduling a meeting with her either at his guest house in Apo, Abuja or in a hotel.

She said when Akpabio did not succeed in sleeping with her, the Minister then resorted to accusing her of insubordination in order to suspend her from office.

Ms Nunieh said: “When Akpabio saw that I cannot bring out the money, he now tried Plan B, a case of insubordination.

“Why did he not tell the President why I slapped him. Why did he not tell Nigerians the Plan B of insubordination? Why did he not tell Mr President that I slapped him? Why did he not tell Nigerians that I slapped him?

“Why did he take me to guest house in Apo? Why did he not tell Nigerians what insubordination is all about?

“Why did I stop to meet him? He told the Senate committee that I refused to meet him to have meeting. Why didn’t we have our meetings in his office? I told Mr Akpabio that I will not go to any meeting outside his office.

“The last time he came to Port Harcourt, I did not go to Le’Meridien to meet him.

“I am the only Ogoni woman, the only Nigerian woman to slap his face. I slapped him because of his Plan B.

“He thought since he couldn’t get me to release money (fraudulently), he thought that Plan B would be if he could come on me. He didn’t know that I’m a Port Harcourt girl.”

Directly asked if she was accusing Senator Akpabio of attempted rape or sexual harassment, Nunieh responded: “Harassment sounds better, not rape. Yes, I am accusing him. Akpabio is most interested in my love life. Did he want to be my seventh husband?

“That’s why Akpabio told the world that I am temperamental. You know why Akpabio will tell the world that I am temperamental? Because of that incident that I slapped him.”

President Muhammad Buhari had constituted the NDDC Interim Management Committee (IMC) headed by Nunieh to carry out forensic audit of the Commission, but the IMC was later suspended to make way for another audit.

Written by ExpressDay

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