- Governor Wike has explained why he foiled attempted arrest of ex-NNDC MD, Joy Nunieh
- Wike had on Thursday, July 16, saved Nunieh from policemen who invaded her house
- The governor called on the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, to immediately investigate the saga
Following his intervention in the alleged police invasion of the residence of the former acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh, the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has explained that he took the action to save her from abduction.
The Nation reports that Wike, in a statement by the commissioner for information and communication, Paulinus Nsirim, called on the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, to immediately investigate the saga.
Legit.ng gathered that he said it was expedient to probe why over 50 armed policemen stormed the Port Harcourt residence of Nunieh at 4 am on Thursday, July 16.
He insisted that he was on ground to frustrate the attempted abduction and berated the self-styled armed policemen, who claimed to be members of the Inspector General Monitoring Unit.
The governor said under a civilised society, the proper thing to do was to invite her to answer any allegation.
He said: “But to storm her residence at such an unholy hour suggests some sinister motive that should not be tolerated. What has happened today is a disgrace. Who knows what would have happened to her if they had gained access to her main room? I went there 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 would storm somebody’s house, in fact, the State Commissioner of Police is not aware.
"So, tell me how something will happen in a state and the Commissioner of Police is not aware? They said it’s the Inspector General 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 his colleagues in the NDDC to ensure that their citizens did 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 but whoever is behind it 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 as a common criminal. I am sure that President Muhammadu Buhari is not aware of this. All the Niger Delta States should find out if any of their citizens have 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."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that if not for the intervention of Governor Wike, security operatives would have arrested Joy Nunieh.
It was reported that the security operatives stormed Nunieh’s residence at about 4 am. The report said that Wike who could be seen visibly displeased at the incident asked the security agents for their warrant.
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