Wike Imposes 24-Hour Curfew In Oyigbo LGA, Others

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, addressing residents in a state-wide broadcast on August 17, 2020.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the entire Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State.

Governor Wike in a state-wide broadcast today also announced that the curfew also extends to Mile 1, Mile 2, Emenike, Ikowu, and Iloaubuchi areas of Port Harcourt Local Government Area as well as the Oil Mill area of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of the State.

The governor explained that the decision to impose the curfew was taken after a State Security Council meeting held at the Government House, Port Harcourt earlier today.

Governor Wike stated that while the State Government appreciate and commend the peaceful nature of the ongoing #EndSARS protests, it was becoming clear by the day that the protest had been hijacked by hoodlums to unleash carnage.

“Earlier today, some hoodlums attacked and destroyed Police Stations and Court buildings in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State. Another set of hooligans were also on rampage at the Ikokwu spare parts markets disturbing public peace and damaging property”.

Governor Wike asserted that the State government cannot watch helplessly and allow trouble-makers to take the laws into their hands and use the current situation to create a state of panic and insecurity.

To this end, he said consequently, the State’s Security Council had decided to impose curfew in some parts of the State to secure lives and property.

“A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Mile 1, Mile 2, Emenike, Ikokwu and Iloaubuchi arears of Port Harcourt from 6.30 p.m. today 21st October 2020.”

“A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on the entire Oyigbo Local Government Area from 6.30 p.m. today, 21st October 2020; a 24-hour curfew has also been imposed on Oil mill area in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area” he said.

The governor has therefore directed security agencies to enforce the curfew with effect from 6.30 p.m. today 21st October 2020.

Similarly, Local Government Chairmen have also been directed to mobilize vigilantes and work with security agencies to ensure that no hoodlum is allowed to disturb the peace or destroy lives and property in their Local Government Areas.

“We urge all citizens to remain vigilant and report all suspicious characters to the security agencies for immediate action. Let me appeal to our youths not to allow themselves to be used to roll-back the peace we are enjoying in the State under any pretext” he added.

Wike Advocates New Revenue Sharing Formula

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has advocated a new revenue sharing formula that will make the States get more money for development.

Governor Wike made the suggestion when he received a delegation of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission on a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt on Tueday.

The Governor pointed out that the States bear more development burden and would require more money to cater to the needs of the people.

“There cannot be a Federal Government without the States. So, we advocate a new revenue formula that should take more revenue out of the Federal Government and given to the States.

“This is because the burden is more on the States than the Federal Government. So, the states should have more revenue to cater for the people,” he said.
The Governor described as unfortunate comments by the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri over ownership of Soku Oil Well.

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Governor Wike said Soku Oil Well belongs to Rivers State and urged the Commission to continue to ensure the payment of the accruing revenue to the State.

“It is unfortunate that the Bayelsa State Governor told you when you visited him that you should not pay us revenue from Soku Oil Well.

“The matter was at the Supreme Court when the National Boundary Commission admitted that they made an error in their 11th edition publication by situating Soku Oil Well in Bayelsa State.

“They were, therefore, directed to correct the error in their 12th edition publication. When they also failed to effect the correction, we had to go back to the Federal High Court. The court, in its wisdom directed that all revenue accruing from Soku Oil Well should be paid to Rivers State.

“That is the position. For Bayelsa State Governor to come up to say that you should not pay us our money is unfortunate.

“If they have filed a matter at the Supreme Court, it is not an injunction to stop the implementation of the subsisting judgement”, he stated.

The Governor commended the Commission for taking the bold step to correct fraudulent practices adopted by some States in order to gain financial advantage.
He assured that the State would continue to interface with the Commission to make their work easy.

Governor Wike reiterated his determination to deploy all resources received for the development of the State.

Leader of the delegation, Alhaji Mohammed Kabiru Usman said they were on an advocacy and sensitisation tour to the State.

He said their 2018 verification exercise was characterised by fraud because some data supplied by some states were very spurious.

According to him, such over-inflated figures were to make those states get the money that they do not deserve and deny others.

Alhaji Usman said the visit would afford them the time to sensitise the relevant financial officers in the State on the importance of providing correct data to the commission.

Wike Commends Oba Of Benin For His Apolitical Stance

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has commended the Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Akpolokpolo Ewuare II for his apolitical stance during the Edo State Governorship election.

Governor Wike made the commendation when he led his counterparts from Edo, Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Sokoto, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Oyo, Seyi Mankinde, and Adamawa, Ahmadu Fintiri on a thank you visit to the Oba at his palace in Benin.

The Governor who is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council for the Edo election, stated that the visit was in fulfillment of the Party’s promise to visit the royal father if they win the election.

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He thanked the Oba for his prayers for peaceful elections and assured him of the Party’s continued respect for the traditional institution.

“We made a promise when we came on a courtesy visit during the flag off of the PDP campaign in Benin that by the grace of God if we win the election, we will come back again to say thank you.

“On the 19th of September, 2020, the Edo State Governorship election was conducted and on the 20th, our candidate, Godwin Obaseki was declared the winner.

“You made a promise that as a father to everybody you will be apolitical and will pray with your chiefs and Edo people for peaceful elections.

“Indeed, you gathered Edo people and prayed and God crowned your prayers with a peaceful free and fair elections.

“Having fulfilled your promise, it will be unfair for us not to come and fulfill our part.

“That is why we are here today on behalf of the PDP to fulfill our promise by thanking you and the palace chiefs”, he stated.

He urged the Oba to continually pray for Governor Obaseki for God’s guidance and protection to administer the State for the overall good of all.

Responding, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Akpolokpolo Ewuare II thanked the Governors for the visit in fulfillment of their earlier promise.

Oba Ewuare II noted that he was apolitical during the election as a father to all the candidates in the election and thanked God for the peaceful atmosphere that prevailed during the polls.

He appealed to the Edo State Governor to forget the past and extend the olive branch to the opposition to join hands with him for the development of the State.
The Benin Monarch also urged PDP not to encourage godfatherism in the Party after kicking against the trend in Edo State.

He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring free and fair elections in the State.

The Oba also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies for the smooth process that characterized the election.

The highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a symbolic bronze statue to Governor Wike by the Oba for his leadership role during the Edo State Governorship Election.

Ondo Election: APC Putting INEC, Security Agencies Under Pressure – Wike

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is pressuring the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to compromise the Ondo Governorship poll.

Having lost the Edo Governorship election to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wike told Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday that the APC will do everything to win the Ondo poll.

“If INEC play the same role they played in Edo; and security agencies play the same role they played in Edo, I can assure you that PDP will win that election,” the former Education minister claimed.

“It is very obvious. Look, Nigerians are tired. Promises and promises from the party (APC). Nobody is seeing anything. The only fear I have as it concerns Ondo is that there is so much pressure on INEC.”

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When asked the source of his information, the Rivers State leader insisted: “I don’t need to tell you,” stressing that it is an open secret that the APC is bent on winning the Ondo guber poll by all means.

“Everybody knows that. Even APC knows that they are putting so much pressure on INEC and security agencies,” he explained.

“And I see it in such a way that INEC may succumb to it. It is my prayer that they don’t; that they conduct it the same way they did in Edo.

“Having lost Edo, everything within APC will be done to make sure they don’t lose Ondo because their fear is that if they lose Ondo, Nigerians will say ‘Oh no, we can now see that this party (APC) is gone.'”

Int’l Community Role

The Governor had equally said the international community played a huge role in ensuring a smooth governorship election in Edo State.

“One thing that played out and which I noticed was the role of the international community,” Wike added.

“For example, the US, the UK came out and said that there would be a visa ban if anybody tries anything in terms of violence or rigging and they have gone further to ban some governors.”

‘It’s Fake’: Wike Faults NBS Unemployment Data, Claims He Created 100,000 Jobs

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has rubbished the unemployment rate by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and claims “it is fake.”

“It is fake; it is political,” Wike said on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, insisting that “I don’t believe in them. I don’t believe in their statistics.”

The NBS had in August released the country’s unemployment data for the second quarter of 2020, putting Rivers State’s unemployment rate at 43.7 per cent, the third highest in Nigeria.

READ ALSO: Nigeria’s Unemployment Rate Rises To 27.1% – NBS

Although Wike admitted that there is a high-level of unemployment in Nigeria, he claimed that his government has created a lot of jobs, explaining that they might not be in the formal sector.

“If you have a lot of construction jobs going on, for example, does that not create employment?” the former Education Minister wondered.

“Does employment mean you must work in government? Is that what employment means? What counts as employment is that you have something doing. That is key. That is employment.

“There is no employment that is forever. Even you as a Civil servant, it is not forever. You have a time you must leave. Employment does not mean it is something you must do forever.”

“In Rivers State today, nobody can tell me that we have not tried in terms of employment; to reduce the level of unemployment.”

A graphic from the NBS showing the unemployment data for Rivers State as of Q2 2020.

 

On how he got his statistics, he said “By the jobs we have created. You are in Government House now. As you go to the back, you see over 250 people working. That is just one area. And that job has been on for one year. That is not job? It does not give them money to feed? That is one area.

“As you go to Forces Avenue, you see over 100 people working, that is not employment? As you go to Garrison where there is the fly over, you see over 300 people working.”

According to Wike, the “NBS should come to the state and see for themselves and see what we are doing to create jobs. Not just sitting in their offices. They never deployed anybody to come here.”

100, 000 Jobs Created

While calling on the NBS to visit Rivers State and get facts about employment in the State, Wike disclosed that his government has been able to create over 100,000 jobs since inception in 2015.

“I may not be exact but I do know that since we came on board, we have created not less than 100, 000 jobs,” Wike who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) explained. “If you go to our Statistics department, you will find out that these things are there.”

 

 

 

 

Solace I Got From You Paid Off, Obaseki Tells Wike During ‘Thank You’ Visit

 

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has described the consolation he got from the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike as the second pivot for his electoral victory.

The first pillar, he said, is God who crowned the efforts of all his supporters.
Governor Obaseki was speaking when he led some political leaders of Edo State on a thank-you visit to Governor Wike at the Rivers State Government House in Port Harcourt.

He noted the commitment of Governor Wike in ensuring electoral victory for him by relocating to Edo State despite the needless attacks from the opposition.

“After I was pushed out of my former Party, this house was the first place I sought solace. You took me in as a brother, out of the storm, changed my clothes, and gave me food to eat.

“It was in this house, the Campaign Council met to work out the key strategies that led us to victory.

“You mobilised people across the country. You moved to Benin, went through the humiliation and attacks. You supported us and we won.

“It will be a sin against God if we do not come to say thank you. Even if the victory we are celebrating is from God. He has used people like you to make it happen,” he said.

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In his response, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said his support was informed by the fact that Governor Obaseki was courageous and fearless.

According to him, standing against forces of godfatherism was not easy but Governor Obaseki made himself available to protect the interest of Edo State.

“Our work would have been difficult if he did not make himself available. I cannot support a lily hearted person. Governor Obaseki was firm.

“It is not easy to fight godfatherism. But he has the interest of Edo people at heart. Together, we have conquered it, ” he said.

Governor Wike also clarified that he had advocated unity within the party.
He explained that when Governor Obaseki joined the PDP, he pushed for all interests to be considered.

That position, he said, paid off because the Party went into the electoral battle as a united family and clinched the victory.

“I did not want division. I insisted that it will be good we are all together. This will make it easy to go into the electoral battle and win.

“I thank you, my brother, Obaseki for carrying everybody along in the Party. Edo people are also looking up to you to forgive everybody.

“Forgive your political opponents. I am happy that today, South-South is under one political party. This will make for integration. We can speak with one voice in moving Nigeria forward.

“This is the sweetest electoral victory I have ever witnessed,” he added.
Wife of the Edo State Governor, Betsy Bene Obaseki presented Souvenirs to Governor Wike and his wife, Justice Suzzette Eberechi Wike.

The items, she said, will serve as symbols that will strengthen the existing friendship.

According to her, we have to remain as one to attain the desired plans of God.

Edo Election: Wike Alleges Police Siege On His Hotel

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday alleged a siege to his hotel in Benin City by the police, restricting his movement ahead of the governorship elections in the state.

The governor, who spoke exclusively to Channels TV says he is in the state to monitor the election on behalf of his party and insists he won’t leave the state.

He said, “As the Chairman of the National Campaign Council (of the PDP), I came in here with some of my colleagues; I was in the hotel. Around 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the IG (Inspector General of Police) called.

“I think they called my orderly; I don’t know how they got his number and then I spoke with the IG and he said I must leave Edo State. I said ‘for what?’ He said because my being here may cause a crisis. I said how will it cause crisis? He said because I made a statement that is inflammatory. I said ‘which statement did I make? That we should be extra vigilant? That people should protect their votes?’ So, ‘what is the inflammatory statement I made?’”

Maintaining that he had done no wrong, the governor told the IGP, he won’t leave the state.

According to him, about 10 minutes after he refused to leave the state, over 300 policemen had surrounded his hotel.

Governor Wike said regardless of the siege, he won’t leave the state because he is Chairman of the PDP national campaign council and is not the only governor in Edo for the election.

“The governor of Kano is here, the governor of Imo is here, the Deputy Senate President is here,” he said. “So why will you tell me to leave?” All three men Governor Wike mentioned are members of the All Progressives Congress.

The governor decried the said call by the IGP, describing it as “the highest level of impunity”.

Police React

Meanwhile, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, told Channels TV that the police are making sure that there is peace in the state and will resist any act of violence.

He said, “The police don’t have to lay siege on anyone, but the situation is that no matter the status of the citizen of Nigeria in Nigeria, we will ensure that we do all within our capacity to create a conducive atmosphere for free, fair, credible elections.

“People having no business within Edo State cannot be moving from one point to another. Movement is restricted. For the purpose of this election, movement is restricted. The restriction commences from midnight to 18:00 hours tomorrow when we believe that election would have been concluded. Nobody is empowered to move about, whether you are a governor or not.”

We Will Resist Every Attempt To Unlawfully Remove Obaseki – Wike

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council for Edo State Governorship Election has condemned the illegal invasion of Edo State House of Assembly by political thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt today, the Chairman of the Campaign Council and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, also described the purported impeachment of the legitimately elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly as null and void.

“An invalid assemblage of absentee Lawmakers-elect with no legitimate claims to the membership of the House of Assembly cannot lawfully convene in the Ugbowu private residence of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC Governorship candidate, to effect a change of leadership in the Edo State House of Assembly.

“Consequently, the purported impeachment of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker is a mere charade, completely a futile act that exists only in the imagination of the evil perpetrators and their co-travelers.

“It is now clear to all discerning minds that what is playing out in Edo State is an orchestrated script by the sinking opposition APC to intimidate the PDP and illegally impeach its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, having seen clearly that they cannot win the September 19, 2020 election without any miracle.

“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the International Community to prevail on the APC to stop the needless violence, play the game by the rules and allow the people of Edo State to freely elect their Governor,” he stated.

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Governor Wike said PDP had raised the alarm that the APC is not ready for a free and fair contest and would use violence with the backing of federal might to rig and claim unmerited victory.

He warned that ours is a fragile democracy and the warlike approach of the APC to the Edo election poses a very serious threat to the survival of democracy in Nigeria.

According to him, Nigerians should, therefore, hold the APC and its candidate responsible if there is a breakdown of law and order in Edo State.

Governor Wike added that the PDP would resist every attempt to unlawfully remove Governor Obaseki from office or rig the September 19, 2020, Governorship Election.

Wike Suspends JAAC Accounts From Defaulting Banks

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike today directed the removal of Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) from Banks that gave unauthorized loans to some Local Government Chairmen in the State.

Governor Wike gave the directive while swearing in the substantive Chairman of the Asari-Toru Local Government Area at Government House,  Port Harcourt.

He also directs the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to take legal action against the defaulting Banks.

Governor Wike who further suggested a stiffer penalty for both the Banks and the Councils that defaulted to suffer the consequences of the illegality.

He notes that the Banks cannot seek a refund of the loans because they contravened the extant Laws of the State.

Swearing in the new Chairman. Governor Wike charged Mrs. Alaso Johnbull Obi to use her new position to make a difference as the people are yet to feel the impact of the Council.

Until her swearing-in, Mrs. Alaso Johnbul Obi was the Vice Chairman of the Council but the death of the elected chairman, Chief Odiari Princewill on the 27th May 2020 created a vacuum that needed to be filled.

Oba Palace Attack: PDP Accuses APC Of Assassination Attempt On Party Leaders

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress, (APC) of plotting to wipe out the party’s hierarchy including the national chairman, Uche Secondus, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State during a courtesy visit to the Oba of Benin’s Palace.

Addressing journalists in Benin City, the Edo state capital, chairman of Obaseki/Shaibu campaign council, Mr. Dan Orbih alleged that the attack carried out on the PDP convoy could lead to a serious conflict involving states which had their governors in attendance.

READ ALSO: South-South Zone Is Completely PDP, Says Wike Ahead Of Edo Election

Mr Orbih insisted that the APC had no official engagements at the palace, calling on security agencies to ensure those found culpable be made to face the law.

Investigate Attempt To ‘Abduct’ Joy Nunieh, Wike Tells IG

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says he rescued the Immediate Past Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC), Dr. Joy Nunieh from an attempted abduction.

The governor called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the circumstances that led to over 50 armed policemen storming the Port Harcourt residence of Dr. Nunieh at 4 a.m on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Governor Wike said 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 is to invite her to answer any allegation. Adding that to storm her residence at such an unholy hour, the governor said, suggests some sinister motive that should not be tolerated.


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“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 its 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, ” he said.

The governor also called on governors of states that make up the NDDC to ensure that their citizens do not have a hand in the planned abduction of the former Managing Director of NDDC.

“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 like 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 the 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.

Dr. Joi Nunieh who thanked Governor Wike for coming to her rescue said the armed policemen came about 4am, broke into her premises but were stopped by the security door leading to her main room.

“Those who told me the Commissioner of Police was downstairs, lied because it was his deputy that actually came. I opened the door, and they wanted to grab me, I now pushed back the door and locked it and went upstairs.

“So, my Governor came, asked them for the warrant of arrest and why they did not invite me to the police station instead of attempting to abduct a woman like a criminal.

“The governor took me away in his car and I am taking refuge in Government House. I want to thank His Excellency for keeping to his word that nothing should happen to the daughter of Rivers State.

“I was supposed to be going to Abuja today to make my submission before the Committee of the House of Representatives. I am sure the motive was to stop me,” she said.

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

 

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.

READ ALSO: Armed Security Operatives Surround Nunieh’s Home, Wike Moves In To Intervene

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.

READ ALSO: NDDC Boss, Others Walk Out On Lawmakers At House Of Reps Investigative Hearing

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.