- The police in Rivers state were planning to take Joi Nunieh to their custody apart from besieging her house recently
- This allegation was made by Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer
- Falana praised Governor Nyesom Wike for coming to Nunieh's rescue on time
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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has been hailed for taking the bold step to rescue Joi Nunieh, the former acting boss of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from house arrest by some police operatives.
The commendation came from Femi Falana, a famous Nigerian human rights lawyer, who on Sunday, July 19, stated that the move by the police officials was aimed at preventing Nunieh from testifying before the House of Representatives, This Day reports.
Falana claimed that if not for the timely intervention of Governor Wike, security agents would have abducted and taken Nunieh to their custody.
The outspoken lawyer alleged: “No doubt, Ms Nunieh would have been abducted and taken to custody but for the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike who intervened and prevented the police from further infringing on her fundamental rights to personal liberty, dignity and privacy of her home guaranteed by sections 34, 35 and 37 of the Nigerian constitution.”
Falana, therefore, called on Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu to "investigate the circumstances surrounding the deployment of the team of police personnel involved in such reckless abuse of power.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that in continuation of the crises rocking the NDDC, Nunieh was on Thursday, July 16, rescued from house arrest by some security operatives who had earlier besieged her residence in Port Harcourt.
Some security officers had surrounded Nunieh's house preventing anyone from both going in or leaving the building.
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Wike in his official vehicle forced his way into Nunieh's house and drove out with her.
She had on Thursday, July 16, disclosed that about 20 armed police officers had surrounded her home. According to her, the officers surrounded her home in Port Harcourt around 4am.
She said she could not travel to Abuja where she is scheduled to appear before the House of Representatives investigative hearing on NDDC.
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