Wike Stops Security Operatives From Arresting Ex-NDDC Boss, Joy Nunieh

Channels Television  
Updated July 16, 2020


Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Thursday stopped security operatives from arresting a former acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh.

The security operatives stormed Nunieh’s residence at about 4 a.m on Thursday and are said to have attempted to break into her apartment for hours without success.

Ms. Nunieh reached out to the Rivers State governor who swiftly responded to her distress call and came with his aides to challenge and stop the attempted arrest.

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In a video obtained by Channels Television, Governor Wike could be seen visibly displeased at the incident.

The clip showed the governor asking the security agents for their warrant, and trying to ascertain why Ms. Nunieh was not invited over rather than having her house besieged.

Wike eventually asked the operatives to leave the former NDDC MD’s premise, an ordered which was grudgingly complied with.

Afterward, the governor asked Ms. Nunieh to get into a vehicle in which she was transported back to the State House where she is currently taking refuge.

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Narrating her ordeal to newsmen, the ex-NDDC boss thanked the governor for his intervention, saying Wike is a man of his word.

According to Ms. Nunnieh, the security operatives stormed her residence at about 4 a.m on Thursday with the intent to whisk her away but she refused because they did not have a warrant.

Terrified, she then reached out to Governor Wike but was not able to get through the first time because his number was switched off.

“I tried to reach him but the phones were off, so I called some people and they said these people might not be real policemen.

“They said they (security operatives) came to take me away, I said for what? Do they have a warrant for arrest? They said no warrant of arrest, so I left it.

“About 6 a.m they broke the gate and later Senator Magnus Abe now called me that he had reached the Commissioner of Police who said he didn’t know anything about it (the arrest).

“So the CP called, I sent him my address, they told me the CP was downstairs but the CP was not downstairs, it was the Deputy Commissioner who was around; so I opened the door, they wanted to grab me, I now pushed back the door and locked it.

“I got through to my governor, they tried to break the back door, its a security door so they kept hitting for over one hour and they couldn’t get access.

“So my governor came, asked them for their warrant of arrest and why they did not invite me to the police, that I will come, instead of going to take a woman like a criminal.

“So the governor took me in his car and here I am refuging in the government house.

“I want to thank his excellency for keeping to his word that nothing should happen to the daughter of Rivers State,” Ms. Nunieh narrated.