For a while now, there has been some controversy surrounding the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) following the launch of an investigation on alleged corruption in the commission. While the spotlight is on a few actors, more and more Nigerians have expressed interest in this story as many have taken to social media to share their opinions on the issue.
In a recent update, Joi Nunieh, the immediate Past Managing Director of the NDDC was reported to have had her house surrounded by some police officers preventing her from attending the hearing on the NDDC scheduled to hold today at the National Assembly, Abuja.
— UPDATE: Security men have broken into the residence of – Joi Nunieh – via the back door of her house. Governor Wike reportedly on his way to meet her.
– According to reports, Rivers state police claims to be unaware their officers are in her house. pic.twitter.com/eqDyUhIXvB
— Vyrãl Treñdz (@TheViralTrendz) July 16, 2020
When this news broke out, Nigerians took to social media in reaction to the update, with many people faulting the idea of a Nigerian being a democratic state while blaming the police for allowing themselves to be tools for these abnormalities.
In Nigeria only those who have the resources can use the police as a tool to oppress.
— Omo Iyabeji (@Mailoya) July 16, 2020
Dozens of policemen are circling the House of Joy Nunieh, the former MD of NDDC, who is scheduled to testify before a House of Reps panel today as part of the ongoing probe of NDDC.
— 'Fisayo Soyombo (@fisayosoyombo) July 16, 2020
Many people shared their reservations about the latest developments, stressing that the actions of whoever is responsible for the aborted arrest may be proving her points about alleged corruption going on in the NDDC.
However, while this was happening, Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, came to the rescue for Dr. Joi as he went in person to evacuate Joi from the circle of policemen that surrounded her house.
#NDDCSAGA: Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike rescues former NDDC MD, Joy Nunieh from "house arrest."
Governor Wike forced entry into Joy Nunieh's residence, ordered police officers out and later drove off with her. pic.twitter.com/qJmaUm5Cba
— TVC News (@tvcnewsng) July 16, 2020
Reacting to the bravery of Governor Wike, many Nigerians applauded him for his efforts noting that they look forward to the outcome of the hearing which the security agents tried to prevent the former NDDC MD from attending.
BREAKING: Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike rescues former NDDC MD, Joy Nunieh from "house arrest."
Governor Wike forced entry into Joy Nunieh's residence, ordered police officers out and later drove off with her. pic.twitter.com/W8udT1Ir8u
— TVC News (@tvcnewsng) July 16, 2020
I am very happy Madame Joy Nunieh is from River state. If she was from somewhere like Anambra State, Aguleri Lionel Richie would have definitely diverted her call and put his phone on airplane mood. He only gets a boner when it involves Peter Obi. Thank u Wike for coming through.
— Unu Amaro Kam Siri Kwado (@AfamDeluxo) July 16, 2020
I commend Gov. Wike for his bravery in rescuing Joi Nunieh from illegal arrest; he has proven that he's a Governor-General. Despite Party affiliation, he has shown that all Rivers Citizens are one. We wish @MBuhari can fight for Nigerians
the way Wike has done for Rivers Citizens
— Timi Frank (@RealTimiFrank) July 16, 2020
I'm not surprised about the whole drama tho. That is why this Country is Nigeria. She must have been expecting the intimidation as well. Just that Akpabio picked wrong location… Lmao
He should have known Wike to be a no nonsense man now.
For that Niger Delta, Wike is the war.
— Premier (@SodiqTade) July 16, 2020
For many Nigerians, the NDDC saga is one that many Nigerians can relate with, even on a lower scale as they pointed out that government officials also use intimidation as a tool for getting away with injustice.
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