There was a mild drama yesterday as Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike stormed the home of former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Gbene Joi Nunieh, to rescue her.
Armed policemen had besieged her residence on a day she was to travel to Abuja to testify before the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating alleged mismanagement of NDDC funds.
Nunieh and Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio have been locked in a war of words over the mismanagement of the commission’s resources and alleged sexual harassment.
The policemen, who reportedly came in their dozens as early as 4 am, were said to have surrounded all parts of the house and attempted to gain entrance into the main building.
An eyewitness said the policemen banged on the gate repeatedly and later forced it open, but could not enter the house where Nunieh took refuge.
Wike, who had earlier warned against harming Nunieh, rushed to her residence and took her away in his official vehicle.
The governor was said to have taken Nunieh into protective custody and relocated her to the Government House in Port Harcourt.
A video clip of the incident shows Wike’s security detail escorting Nunieh into the governor’s car and the woman telling someone over the telephone that the governor had come for her.
The policemen, who took strategic positions in the compound, were also seen watching the inciden