The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has called on the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu to begin a full investigation into the siege laid to the Port Harcourt residence of former acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joi Nunieh, by armed policemen.
Governor Wike who coordinated the rescue of Nunieh from the police as they attempted to break into her house, also warned anyone behind the failed abduction to back off or ‘we will fight back’.
Nunieh who was billed to travel to Abuja on Thursday, 16 July 2020, to testify before the House of Representatives Committee probing the NDDC, could not make the trip due to the early morning battles in her residence in Port Harcourt requiring the rescue mission led by Wike.
Close sources confirmed that Nunieh could not make the trip to Abuja after all, meaning that she did not testify on the scheduled time and date.
The invasion of her residence by the police is expected to up the sensation around her appearance whenever she eventually would appear. The drama may also shoot her up as a heroine in the ongoing saga between her and the Minister of Niger Delta Ministry, Godswill Akpabio, who is being accused of fleecing the NDDC.
Gov. Wike who insisted that the incident was a failed abduction, wondered what Nigeria has come to for 50 armed men to lay siege to the home of a woman who was to appear before the House of Representatives. The operatives claimed to come from the Inspector General’s Unit in Rivers State.
The Governor thus urged the IGP to investigate the circumstances that led to over 50 armed policemen storming the Port Harcourt residence of Nunieh at 4am on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
Governor Wike who was on ground to frustrate the attempted abduction, berated those self-styled armed policemen who claimed to be members of the Inspector General Monitoring Unit.
The Governor added that under a civilised society, the proper thing to do was to invite her to answer to any allegation by the police instead of the gestapo style they employed, saying that to storm Nunieh’s residence at such an unholy hour suggests some sinister motive that should not be tolerated.
“What happened was a total 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.
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.
The way things are going now, it seems people want to destroy Rivers State and it is unacceptable. Using the police to carry out abduction of citizens should not be encouraged.
A similar incident had happened in this state before when they wanted to use the same style to abduct a serving Judge.”