Lawmaker decries Nunieh’s harassment
• Insists On NDDC Reformation
Member representing Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Dumnamene Robinson Dekor, has described the attempt to arrest the former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ms. Joi Nunieh, as unlawful.
Dekor urged security operatives in the country to always follow due process, while performing their duties and avoid methodologies that could leave loopholes for miscreants to take undue advantage.
While frowning at the current harassment of the former NDDC boss, the Rivers State-born federal lawmaker commended Governor Nyesom Wike for his prompt intervention, stressing that only God knew what would have befallen the embattled woman.
He pleaded with the law enforcement not to jeopardise the existing peace in the state, saying “but for Wike’s timely and necessary intervention, the ugly episode might have incited a more serious situation in the state than the security operatives could have envisaged.”
The Ogoni-born federal lawmaker, who was also the Works Commissioner in Rivers State, disclosed that if Nunieh, who is a member of All Progressives Congress (APC) were a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), political opponents would have accused Wike of partisanship.
“But by coming out in defence of this noble daughter of the state, irrespective of party affiliation, the governor proved his uncommon leadership trait and willingness to ensure that the fundamental human rights of all Rivers people are respected, without necessarily encouraging them to disrespect the law or constituted authorities.
“If this could happen to Dr. Nunieh as a former MD of NDDC, who is not before any court of law or anti-graft agency for any wrong doing, how much more and safe are ordinary Nigerians,” he queried.
Stressing that Nunieh is his constituent, Dekor called on President Buhari to, as a matter of urgent public importance, intervene to unravel the mystery of the unfolding drama in the NDDC and concomitant issues that tend to threaten the little that is left of the nation’s integrity.
The lawmaker regretted that Nigerian’s’ rights were regularly trampled upon as in an animal kingdom, just as he described the many years of the establishment of the commission as wasted, with nothing to show for all the monies earmarked for developing the Niger Delta.
He enjoined the Federal Government to find true Nigerians, true Niger Deltans, with the competences and integrity, “so we can have an NDDC that will run and build the place for all. If not, what we see now, we are just like wasting our time.”
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