Rivers CP Urges Wike To Hand Over Nunieh, Says Attempted Arrest Is Legitimate

LAGOS JULY 17TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Gobum Mukan, has called on Governor Nyesom Wike  to hand over former Acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joi Nunieh, who is currently taking refuge at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

The Rivers State Police boss called on the governor to hand over Nunieh while appearing on ARISE TV Friday.

Wike had stormed the Port Harcourt residence of the former NDDC boss Thursday and freed her from police siege.

Policemen in the early hours of Thursday had surrounded the house of the former acting NDDC boss,  preventing her from leaving her residence.

The police later broke the back door of the house, gained access to the kitchen and tried to break the connecting door into her apartment.

However, before they could gain entrance, Wike arrived with his team of security men from Government House and took her to the Government House where she is currently taking refuge.

Nunieh, who has been engaged in a running battle with Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, was billed to testify before the House of Representatives yesterday on the alleged monumental corruption in the NDDC.

But the Rivers Police Command in a statement released by SP Nnamdi Omoni, the Public Relations Officer, said the operatives were on legitimate duty.

Omoni confirmed that the personnel at Nunieh’s residence were from the IGP Monitoring Team in Abuja and were in Port Harcourt on official assignment.

The statement added that before the officers proceeded to her residence, they observed due protocols and requisite standard operating procedures, including going through the processes of arriving themselves at the Headquarters with their Investigation Activities duly signed and approved by the Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph Mukan.

“The attention of the Rivers State Police Command has been drawn to an Online Publication, credited to Vanguardngr.com, where it was erroneously reported that ‘the MOPOL presence at the residence of Joi Nunieh was not the directive of the Command.

“Ordinarily, such a phantom report should have been ignored but due to the potential danger inherent in keeping silent, the Command is minded to react and state the true position as follows: That they went to her (Nunieh’s) residence with Mobile Policemen, suggesting of course that they were there on official duty and not illegal duty as speculated.

“That, the reference indicating that the Officers were there without the directive of the CP nor the IGP is preposterous and most unfortunate, hence should be discountenanced and disregarded,” the statement read.

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