A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has restrained the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies from arresting the former acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Joy Nunieh.
Justice E. Thompson on Friday granted an ex parte order in an application filed by her counsel, Slyvester Adaka, marked, PHC/1128/2020.
Thompson, also restrained the Niger Delta Development Commission or any other body from arresting Nunieh, pending the hearing and determination of the matter before the court.
In a related event, the Police in Rivers State may be preparing for a showdown with the State Government, as Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan called on Governor Nyesom Wike to handover former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Joy Nunieh, to him.
Wike had raced to Nunieh’s residence along with some of his security details on Thursday to rescue her from security operatives who claimed they had orders to arrest her.
The governor who fumed that the security operatives had no arrest warrant took Nunieh under protective custody in Government House, Port Harcourt.
But briefing newsmen at his office in Port Harcourt Friday, Mukan called on the governor to handover Nunieh to him, noting that the latter was under investigation.
He further said that the policemen from the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit were endorsed by the Rivers State Police Command before proceeding to the residence of the ex-NDDC boss.
The Command further said the exercise was legitimate and in tandem with the law, decrying the action of the governor as unfortunate.