Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, on thursday rescued Ms Joi Nunieh, former acting Managing Director (Interim Management Committee) of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, when he stormed her Port Harcourt residence and freed her from a siege mounted by Policemen.
Wike’s moves in Port Harcourt kicked off series of events in NDDC in Abuja, with reactions from some women groups and the Forum of South-South Governors.
Wike arrived at her residence in the GRA section of the oil city yesterday morning and ordered armed policemen around out of his way. He then entered the house and was seen driving her off in his convoy.
Wike has asked the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr Mohammed Adamu to investigate, yesterday’s invasion, by over 50 armed policemen, of the Port Harcourt residence of Joi Nunieh.
Nunieh, also, yesterday, vowed that Nigerians would hear more from the can of worms she’s been opening over her face-off with Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio on the National Assembly probe of NDDC.
This came as the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, and Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, said they knew nothing about the deployment of a team of policemen that laid siege to the residence of Joi Nunieh, yesterday.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, yesterday, issued an order for the arrest of acting Managing Director of NDDC, Interim Management Committee, IMC, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei for contempt of the parliament.
This came as President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, directed security and investigating agencies to have better coordination with the National Assembly to ensure that the administration’s effort to bring sanity, transparency and accountability to the management of the large amount of resources dedicated to the development of the Niger Delta sub-region through the NDDC was not derailed.
Wike demands probe of siege
Governor Wike, who rescued Nunieh, has urged the IGP to investigate yesterday’s invasion by over 50 armed policemen of her Port Harcourt residence.
Wike had rushed to Nunieh’s home on getting wind of her ordeal, frustrating intentions of the armed policemen and berating them, before moving Nunieh to the Government House, Port Harcourt. The armed policemen claimed to be of the IGP Monitoring Unit.
The governor said: “What happened today is a disgrace. Who knows what would have happened to her if they had gained access to her main room. I went personally to see things for myself and rescued her.
“She is supposed to testify before the House of Representatives Committee and here we are having armed men wanting to abduct her. We came out to protect our daughter and we will do so to every Rivers citizen. That is the oath of office I swore to. It doesn’t matter the political affiliation. We will not allow anybody to destroy Rivers State.
“It is so unfortunate and I cry for this country concerning the ways things are going. They didn’t have a warrant of arrest but stormed somebody’s house. The state Commissioner of Police is not aware.
“Tell me, how will something (like that) happen in a state and the Commissioner of Police is not aware? They said it’s the Inspector-General’s Monitoring Unit. So, we have such a Unit taking over the responsibility of crime-fighting in a state and the Commissioner of Police is not aware. I can also assume too that the Inspector-General of Police is not aware. He should investigate it.”
The governor also called on governors of NDDC mandate states to ensure that their citizens do not have a hand in the planned abduction of the former Managing Director of NDDC.
He said: “If there is any allegation of crime against her, I will not back her, but you can’t kill her for no established crime. I don’t know who’s responsible, or behind it, but they should not take Rivers State for granted because we will fight back.
“From what has happened now, I want to say that Rivers State is fully out. Anybody who is responsible for this attempted abduction of our daughter should know that enough is enough.
“They can’t treat her like a common criminal. I am sure that President Buhari is not aware of this. All the Niger Delta states should find out if any of their citizens has a hand in the unfortunate incident and call on such people to leave our daughter alone. She is no longer the Managing Director of NDDC.
“The way things are going now, it seems people want to destroy Rivers State and it is unacceptable.”
IGP, Rivers CP deny team that laid siege to Nunieh’s residence
Meanwhile, both the IGP and Rivers CP, have said they knew nothing about the deployment of a team of policemen that laid siege to the residence of Nunieh.
Mobile policemen, reportedly drafted from MOPOL 19, invaded her home as early as 4 a.m.
While the drama lasted, Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Command, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, indicated that the MOPOL presence at Nunieh’s residence wasn’t the directive of the Police Command in Rivers State, urging media inquiries to be directed to higher authorities.
It was gathered that the said MOPOL 19 squad reportedly arrived Nunieh’s 3 Owuru Creek View, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, residence about 4 a.m, barring her from leaving for Port Harcourt International Airport to connect the early flight to Abuja. Governor Wike, expressing his disgust with the police action said: “I called the Commissioner of Police, he said he was not aware.
They said it’s the IGP Monitoring Team, but I have spoken to the authorities, they said the IG is not even aware. “For me, if there is any crime against Dr. Joi Nunieh, I will not back her. Some say she is not in my party, so I shouldn’t intervene, but she’s a Rivers daughter.”