The former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ms Joi Nunieh has faulted the claims that there is forensic audit going on in NDDC.
Testifying before the House of Representative Committee on NDDC carrying out investigations on the alleged misappropriation of 40 billion naira by the Interim Management Committee of the commission.
On how much she spent during her stay as NDDC Acting Managing Director and head of the IMC, Nunieh said she spent only 8 billion Naira between 29 0ctober 2019 to February 2020.
She added that she never change NDDC dollars to Naira neither did she spend money belonging to the commission throughout her tenure in office.
Nunieh has earlier accused Senator Akpabio of forcing her to take oath of secrecy to prevent her from exposing his corrupt and also accused the Minister of other sundry corrupt practices but Senator Akpabio has since dismissed the allegations.
She also called for the arrest of the Minister.
meanwhile the House of Rep committee has summoned the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio to appear before it on Monday by 11am to answer for the allegations against him.
Acting Managing Director of Interim Management Committee (IMC) the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei and his team on Thursday walked out on the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC.
He said he and the team were not prepared to make any presentation before the committee.
Pondei had objected to Chairman of the Committee, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, presiding over the investigative hearing, insisting he cannot preside over a matter in which he is an accused.
Members of the Committee, including Benjamin Kali, Ben Ibakpa and Shehu Koko, told the Acting MD that since there was no document before them, he is constitutionally bound to answer their queries.
While members were still making contribution on the issue, the Acting MD sought permission to leave and walked out before the committee could grant or reject his request.
Furious members of the Committee accused the Interim Management Committee of trying to frustrate legislative functions and ordered a warrant of arrest be issued against him.
The Committee also unanimously passed a vote of confidence on its Chairman.
Pondei revealed why he walked out on Representatives committee probe over N40 billion corruption allegation in the agency corruption.
Addressing the lawmakers before staging the walk-out, Mr Pondei said: “We in the NDDC are not comfortable with the Chairman of this committee, presiding over a matter.
“He is an accused party, the NDDC has over time accused Rep. Olubumi Tunji-Ojo of different crimes against the NDDC and he has responded in the press.
“He is an interested party and we do not believe that the NDDC can have justice because he cannot seat on his own case.
“We have no issue of appearing, we appeared before the Senate Ad hoc committee and as long as he remains, we will not make any presentation,” he said.