Police Commissioner Asks Wike To Hand Over Nunieh


Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Gobum Mukan on Friday asked Governor Nyesom Wike to hand over the former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr. Joi Nunieh, to him.


Nunieh is currently taking refuge at the Government House in Port Harcourt following the sieged by the Police at her residence.


Governor Wike had stormed Nunieh’s Port Harcourt residence to rescue and take her to the Government House.


The governor had told newsmen on Thursday that the Rivers State commissioner of police was not aware of the incident.


But Mukan recanted on Friday while appearing on ARISE TV programme monitored in Port Harcourt and called on Wike to hand over Nunieh to the police.


He said the policemen came from Force Headquarters to invite the former NDDC boss to Abuja over a petition against her.


“We are aware of their coming. If people felt we were not aware of their coming, did they ask me? We are aware of their coming to the state to invite her,” he said.


Mukan also dismissed insinuations that the policemen were on an illegal mission as they did not possess a warrant of arrest.


“It is not in every situation that you need a warrant for an arrest. There are situations that you do not need a warrant to effect an arrest.


“The fact that they do not have a warrant of arrest at that moment does not mean it was an illegality within the confines of the constitution,” he said.


He also said while Wike might have freed her from the hands of people he did not trust, the governor should hand her over to the commissioner of police who is the chief law enforcement officer of the state.


Mukan said: “It is really unfortunate. Under normal circumstance, if the governor is coming to rescue her, he should have handed her over to me to protect her, as the chief law enforcement officer of the state. I still believe he will hand her over because the exercise was legitimate and within the confines of the law.


“So, he should turn her over to the police. I have gotten in touch with him personally and advised him to turn her over.”


The police commissioner also said the police did not come to prevent Nunieh from going to the National Assembly to testify in the on-going probe of the NDDC.


“We did not know that she was going to give evidence before the House of Representatives. As far as the officers who came to invite her are concerned, they are investigating a petition against her, which has nothing to do with the issue before the National Assembly. They are two different things,” he stated.


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