Recall that the sacked Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Joy Nunieh had accused Akpabio of fraudulent practices.
Mrs Nunieh, during an appearance in the Senate, explained that Akpabio plotted her removal said that the minister wanted to use her as a tool for committing fraudulent acts within the NDDC.
She said also said that the former governor threatened to sack her from the day of her inauguration as the managing director of NDDC.
In a statement by the Paul Nsirim, the Commissioner for Information, the Rivers State government warned that nothing must happen to the sacked NDDC boss.
The statement reads in part: “Rivers State Government has viewed with concern, the recent developments at the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC) in which the name of our daughter, Dr. Joy Nunieh, the immediate past Acting Managing Director of the Commission, has been dragged into.
“We hereby call on those involved in the ongoing investigations in the NDDC to ensure that Dr Joy Nunieh does not suffer any harm in the course of their undertakings.
“We wish to state categorically that the Rivers State Government will never support any action that will prevent or jeopardize the laudable intentions of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to positively reposition the NDDC and fulfil the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the Niger Delta.
“However, we wish to state that while we are not interested in identifying with the present unfolding drama in the NDDC, we will not, however, fail to protect our daughter from actual harm or perceived danger.
“The State owes it as a duty to protect her citizens from danger no matter their political affiliation and we cannot fold our hands and watch anyone harm her or indeed any Rivers citizen.
“We advise those involved in the present altercations in the NDDC to thread with caution in their actions and utterances.”