Police Dismiss Six Officers Over Rivers Re-Run

Channels Television  
Updated January 6, 2017

Don-AwunahThe Nigerian Police force has dismissed six police officers, attached to the Governor of Rivers state during the federal lawmakers re-run elections for mis-using their offices.

The Force spokesman, Mr Don Awunah, told journalists at a news conference in Abuja that the dismissed officers acted contrary to the laws that ought to have guided their conduct during the exercise.

According to him, the decision to expel the officers from the force is coming after the accused were investigated by the internal investigative and disciplinary committee.

In reaction to the dismissal, some of the officers present in the hall shouted that the decision was unjust.

Thorough Investigation

This is coming after the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had setup a team of detectives and experts to conduct a thorough investigation into the incidents mentioned by INEC in the Rivers state legislative re-run election.

According to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Resident Electoral Commissioner had colluded with Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to rig the elections in favour of PDP.

In an election which was violence-ridden, the APC made the comments after an audio recording which was attributed to Wike, surfaced.

The Police spokesperson, Awunah, then disclosed that an investigative team had been mandated to conduct forensic analysis on the audio report

Wike on the other hand, denied the allegations and then constituted a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, to investigate the violent acts that occurred during the election.