Joy Nunieh, former Managing Director of the Interim Committee of the Niger-Delta Development Commission has thanked the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike for coming to save her from an attempted arrest by security operatives.
Governor Wike had moved Nunieh out of her residence at Herbert Macaulay Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, to Government House Port Harcourt.
Speaking to newsmen on 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.
Sources say 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.
Akpabio vs Nunieh: Nigerians hail Wike for rescuing Ex-NDDC DG
Some Nigerians have reacted to the rescue of Joy Nunieh, a former Director-General of the Niger Delta Development Commission from police officers by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
But Wike had stormed the residence of the former NDDC boss and took her away.
Nunieh had a few days ago accused the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio of sexual harassment and fraud among other things.
Akpabio, however, denied all the allegations leveled against him by the former NDDC MD.
However, Nigerians who expressed their opinion commended Wike for coming to Nunieh’s rescue following reports of police invasion of her residence.
Tweets gathered by some Nigerians in response to Wike’s action read below:
@SodiqTade: “I’m not surprised about the whole drama though. That is why this country is Nigeria. She must have been expecting the intimidation as well. Just that Akpabio picked the wrong location. He should have known Wike to be a no nonsense man. For that Niger Delta, Wike is the war.”
@PHCinpictures: “Whatever you do in this life. Never ever mess with a Governor who carries cutlass.
“Wike just rescued former NDDC MD, Joy Nunieh to Government house, Port Harcourt, Rivers State after Nigerian Police raided her house around 4.00am.”
@DeeOneAyekooto: “Wike did a similar thing when some years back, the DSS stormed the home of judges. He resisted them in Port Harcourt. IGP claimed it didn’t order Magu’s arrest, so who did? People are just behaving like there’s no one in charge of the country.”
@supergirlwcw: “A friend in need is a friend indeed. Rivers People will not be intimidated never! This is who Wike is. If he stands by you, he stands unwavering till the end. I love my Governor. Joi Nunieh fear not! Joi Nunieh is now on her way to Abuja. AkpabioThumbs down.”