Wike saves ex-NDDC MD Joy Nunieh from Police siege


In a commando style, the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike stormed the residence of former Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Caretaker boss, Joy Nunieh to rescue her from the siege of some heavily armed policemen who were preventing her from leaving to Abuja for Thursday appearance before House of Reps Committee.

Wike arrived Nunieh’s residence off Herbert Marculay Street, Amada-Flat at about 10:30am following reports that she had been prevented from leaving her house by a team of policemen allegedly on the order of the Inspection General of Police. The armed policemen were said to have surrounded the house attempting to gain entrance into the main building.

A visibly angry Wike questioned the policemen on who authorized the siege and when they claimed it was from the IGP, he beckoned on Nunieh to come out from her house.

The former NDDC boss joined the Rivers State governor in his car to escape the police siege even though she was scheduled to appear before a Senate panel investigating the activities of the NDDC in Abuja on Thursday.

A source said the policemen banged the gate repeatedly and later forced it open but could not enter inside the house where Nunieh took refuge.

Sources from the Government House confirmed that the governor was at the residence but failed to disclose the actions he took when he arrived the area.

Nunieh has been engaged in allegations and counter allegations with Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, over corruption and mismanagement of resources that accrued to the commission.

Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said he was unaware of any police siege on Numieh’s Old GRA home, but a former aid to Nunieh, said the “invading “Mobile Police claimed they are from Mopol 19.”

The State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Paulinus Nsirim, is yet unreachable to confirm Governor Wike’s reported interventionist move to Nunieh’s home, but a source close to Nunieh said, “take my word for it, the Governor is moving there to see what is amiss.”