At a press conference jointly addressed by Solomon Adodo, convener, and Igwe Ude-umanta, co-convener, the group also urged the former acting managing director of the Commission, Joi Nunieh, to submit herself to the various authorities for investigation of allegations of corruption and insubordination leveed against her.
The group asserted that the efforts of President Buhari to reposition NDDC to actualise the vision for its establishment had begun to yield fruit but for the efforts of powerful persons who had converted the commission to their private estate.
“As the group that keeps watch on society, the media is aware that since President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to sanitise the Niger Delta Development Committee (NDDC) last year, it has received support by concerned Nigerians, but has also been under heavy politicisation by those who know that their hands are soiled.
It said the will of the Federal Government to confront the ills in the NDDC was unshaken despite what it described as politicisation aimed to divert attention.
“And it becomes more worrisome when Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State shields her from arrest, claiming that she was being abducted, and that he was protecting a citizen of Rivers State. Gov. Wike has always found reasons to obstruct investigations. We are sad that Wike who claims to be the defender of Rivers people only extends that defence to those who have been accused of feeding fat on the country or other crimes. He should desist forthwith. And he should release Dr Joi Nunieh to the Nigeria Police for investigation,” the group said.
It said Gov. Wike’s rescue of Nunieh on Thursday amounted to “obstruction of a lawful arrest”, adding that the action has “betrayed the covert attempt by these people who have diverted the resources of the NDDC to collaborate with the opposition to frustrate the determined effort of Mr. President to clean up the NDDC”.
It further asked the former NDDC acting managing director to come clean of all allegations against her as it was the honourable thing to be done by any sane citizen.