The former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, Joi
Nunieh, has said that she slapped Minister of Niger Delta Affairs,
Sen. Godswill Akpabio, for sexually harassing her.
Speaking on Monday during an interview on Arise TV, Nunieh said that the
incident happened at Akpabio’s guest house in Abuja.
She said, “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 upon me. He tried to harass me sexually.
“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
When asked further by the programme host, Reuben Abati, whether she was
accusing Akpabio of rape or sexual harassment, Nunieh said, “Harassment
sounds better, not rape.
“Yes, I am accusing him of sexual harassment. 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, I
The former NDDC MD also accused Akpabio of trying to inflate the NDDC
She said the minister directed her to include some projects from the
refugee commission in the budget of the NDDC.
“Akpabio wrote to 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,” she added.