Former acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh, has alleged that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, sexually harassed her.
Nunieh made the allegation on Monday during an appearance on Arise TV.
She said the incident occurred at the minister’s guest house in Abuja, adding that her reaction showed her intolerance for “nonsense” as a woman from Rivers State.
“Why did he not tell Nigerians that I slapped him in his guest house at Apo? I am the only woman that slapped Akpabio. He thought he could come up on me. He tried to harass me sexually,” she said.
“I slapped him. He tried to come on me. I am an Ogoni woman and nobody jokes with us. I showed Akpabio that Rivers women do not tolerate nonsense.”
Akpabio had over the weekend during an interview on Arise TV claimed Nunieh has a hot temper which has led her out of marriages four times.
Nunieh, however, also accused Akpabio of trying to inflate the NDDC budget.
She said: “Akpabio wrote me to put a list of projects from the refugee commission in the budget of NDDC. Refugee commission is another federal government commission for IDPs.
“How do you tell me to put some of their projects in the NDDC budget when we have so many things to do in the Niger Delta? How do you explain that?”
Nunieh and Akpabio have been on each other’s neck since the Senate ad hoc panel began investigating alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the interim management committee (IMC) of the NDDC.