The Rivers State Police Command has defended the invasion of Police operatives at the residence of the former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, Joy Nunieh, on Thursday.
The state police command condemned the report that the police operatives at the residence were not sanctioned by the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State.
The Rivers Police Command while reacting to Wike’s comment in a statement released through Nnamdi Omoni, noted that the police operatives were on legitimate duty.
SP Omoni further stated that the personnel at Nunieh’s residence were from the IGP Monitoring Team in Abuja and were in Port Harcourt on official assignment.
He added that the police operatives before proceeding to Nunieh’s residence observed due protocols and requisite standard operating procedures, including going through the processes of arriving themselves at the Headquarters with their Investigation Activities duly signed and approved by the Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph Mukan.
Omoni stated that it was wrong for anyone to say that the police officers that attempted to arrest Nunieh, Thursday, were fake, adding that the presence of Mobile policemen could authenticate their legality.
The police spokesman said the team were sent from Abuja to effect the arrest on Nunieh, adding that the officers on arrival in the state registered their presence at the state police headquarters where they got a go-ahead order from the CP.
Recall that Governor Nyesom Wike, while speaking with newsmen shortly after he rescued Nunieh noted that the police operatives could not present a warrant for her arrest neither was the police hierarchy aware of their presence.