- The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has described the report of INEC on the police engagement during Rivers legislative re-run election, as unfair t the force
- According to the police, the 37-page report on the December 10 Rivers legislative re-run elections, did a great disservice to the force, downplaying the great role which its men played in keeping the peace and averting malpractice
- A spokesman for the force, CSP Jimoh Moshood, said the violence that followed the election was acted upon promptly and proactively by the setting up a joint investigative panel.
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Wednesday, February 22, condemned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) report on the police during the Rivers legislative re-run election, describing it as a disservice to the police.
INEC in its 37-page report on the December 10 Rivers legislative re-run elections, indicted personnel of the police.
Reacting, Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, said the report was misleading, adding that all the issues raised by the INEC were discovered by the Joint Investigative Panel set up by the police and had been dealt with accordingly.
“The story is, therefore, misleading, malicious and capable of misinforming members of the public on the statutory roles of the Nigeria Police Force in election security,” he noted.
He explained that after the violence that followed the election, the police acted promptly and proactively by setting up a joint investigative panel.
Moshood said that the panel in its reports indicted six police officers who were arrested, investigated, subjected to internal disciplinary measure and dismissed.
“Other agencies whose personnel were also indicted by the Joint Investigation Panel are expected to do the same to their personnel indicted in the report without any further delay,” he said.
He said that 23 INEC Electoral Officers and two Administrative officials who were also indicted by the panel had been granted bail and released to the Director of Human Resources, INEC Headquarters, Abuja.
Moshood pointed out that N111,300,000 million, part of the money allegedly given to them by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, was recovered from them.
“The Nigeria Police Force is apolitical and will not engage in any political partisanship, and will continue to ensure that election security is guaranteed across the country”, the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has lashed out at the Nigeria police, stating that in a fair and just atmosphere, those indicted by the report of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), would have been properly punished.
Governor Wike, while speaking on Wednesday, February 22 during a campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at Okehi, headquarters of Etche local government area of Rivers state said: “If we were in a civilized country with the right leadership, the persons mentioned in the report would have resigned from their positions."