BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Rivers State Police Command on Friday said that police personnel that went to effect the arrest of the former acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Dr Joi Nunieh, were on assigned duty which was legitimate.

The Rivers Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, who stated this in a statement, said the police operatives were from the Inspector General of Police (I-G) Monitoring Team, with support of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mukan.

The State Commissioner of Police, CP Mukan also said on ARISE Television that he has visited Governor Nyesom Wike on the issue, adding that the governor has agreed to release Joi Nunieh to the police for interrogation based on a petition against her.

Governor Wike on Thursday went to Dr Nunieh’s house and prevented about 14 police operatives that surrounded her house from arresting the former acting Managing Director of NDDC in the early hours of the day.

The Rivers police command however said that the police personnel that were went to Nunieh’s residence were from the I-G Monitoring Team in Abuja on official assignment to the state.

According to the spokesman of the Rivers State police “The officers, before proceeding to Nunieh’s residence, observed due protocols and requisite standard operating procedures.

“On arrival, the officers reported to the police command headquarters with their investigation activities duly signed and approved by the commissioner.”

Omoni said that mobile policemen that accompanied the team to effect the arrest of Nunieh, went there on official duty, contrary to reports by some media organisations.

He further said; “The reference that police officers went to arrest Nunieh without the directive of the CP and I-G is ridiculous and most unfortunate, hence should be disregarded.

“Mukan is poised to deliver quality policing services and the command will continue to remain firm, focused and will not be distracted by any consideration,” Omoni said.

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