The former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Joy Nunieh, has said that policemen, who laid siege to her house in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Thursday morning to arrest her made several attempts to break through the security door of the house
Nunieh was preparing to leave her home for the airport to board a flight to Abuja where she was supposed to give her submission to the House of Representatives Committee investigating the operations of the NDDC when the policemen surrounded her property.
Nunieh was rescued by the state governor, Nyesom Wike, who stormed her apartment and took her to the state government house where she currently is.
Recounting what transpired at her home today, Nunieh said’
‘Early this morning at about 4’0’clock, I heard people were around my gate. I made some calls. I tried to reach the governor because he had told me that if I saw any strange movement, I should alert him since he issued the statement. So I tried to reach him and the phones were off.
I called some people and they said they might not be real policemen so I should stay. They said they came to take me away. I said for what? Do they have a warrant of arrest? They said no warrant of arrest. So I left it. At about 6 o’clock, they broke the gate.
Senator Magnus Abe now called me that he had reached the Commissioner of Police who said he didn’t know anything about me. The CP called me, I sent him my address. He came. They told me the CP was downstairs but he wasn’t. I think it was the Deputy Commissioner for Police.
So I opened the door. They wanted to grab me. I now pushed back the door and locked it and went upstairs and got through to my governor.
They tried to break the back door. It is a security door so they kept hitting it for over one hour but they couldn’t get access.
My governor came, asked them for the warrant of arrest and asked them why couldn’t they invite me to the police and that I would have 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 was supposed to be going today to Abuja to make submission before the House of Representatives Committee.
Meanwhile, the man that harrassed me is at home, the man who stole money is at home. The man who stole government file is at home. The man who took money is at home. The man who said I should go and take an oath is at home”
Joy Nunieh has had a running battle with Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, over issues related to how the commission was being run.