198 views | Emmanuel Anthony | July 17, 2020
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said he would always fight back injustice meted on any indigene of the state.
Wike said this in reaction to the attempted arrest of the former Managing Director of the NDDC, JoiyNunieh by security operatives at her residence in Old GRA, Port Harcourt.
The Governor who described the invasion of the home of Nunieh by security operatives as a disgrace, said the action of the police was a show of shame to Nigeria.
Speaking with journalists in Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said Rivers State was fully out for anyone who is responsible for those behind the travails of Joi Nunieh.
“I had to drive to the area and saw over 50 policemen and when I asked, they said they were from IGP Monitoring Unit. So, IGP Monitoring Unit has now taken over the fighting of crime in Rivers State and the CP is not aware.
“All these plenty officers to take a woman as if she is a common criminal. If you want anything from her, invite her to come.
“I don’t know who is involved; I don’t know who is in interested, however; nobody should push Rivers State to the point we will say that enough is enough. We will not just protect her, we will protect every citizen. I cry for this country. Mr. President must know, Mr. President must hear that what is happening in this country is…innocent people will die.
“Nunieh is a Rivers daughter. From what has happened now, I will tell you that Rivers State is fully out. Anybody who is responsible for this abduction of our daughter, enough is enough.
“All the Niger-Delta states, if they have a hand, they should call their people to order,” Wike warns.
Meanwhile, Nunieh has thanked the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike for coming to save her from an attempted arrest by security operatives adding that Wike is a man.
Governor Wike had moved Nunieh out of her residence at Herbert Macaulay Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, to Government House Port Harcourt.
Speaking with newsmen on the telephone, Nunieh said she was surprised at the invasion of her home by Police officers, who came without an arrest warrant.
The former MD of NDDC, therefore, thanked Governor Wike for living up to his promise of protecting her.
“Senator Magnus Abe called me after a while that the CP in Rivers did not really know about it and that the CP was going to reach me. The CP did reach me and said he was not aware of what was going on.
“The CP asked that I send him my address and which I did and then I saw the cars come in. So, I asked if that was the CP, and they said no. Fortunately, I was just wise enough. I stayed by the door, and they wanted to drag me, so I just banged the door, so they can’t come in.
“So, I now left the front door to call my governor to tell my governor that this is what has happened, and he said no, I should not go anywhere that he was on his way. They kept trying to pull down the door and then I asked them for a warrant of arrest and I said I can’t go anywhere without a warrant of arrest.
“I needed to see the warrant. We are not in a Banana Republic. So, as they were still trying, my Governor came and sent them out that why would they come to arrest a woman like an armed robber that they should leave the compound.
“The Governor then said I should enter the car with him. So, I am now with my Governor in Government House, Port Harcourt.
“I really want to thank the Governor. I really don’t know what to say but my Governor is a man. He is a man. He didn’t just say it that nothing should happen to me, he came to my rescue. I want to say thank you to my Governor,” Nunieh said.
Sources said Joy Nunieh is being invited for questioning by the Police, an information yet to be confirmed by the Rivers state Police Command.
The Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and Nunieh have been embroiled in war of words over allegations of corruption in the NDDC.
The former MD of NDDC had accused Akpabio of sexual harassment, budget padding, fraud, among others, which the Minister has denied.