7 February, 2017 – The Police claims it has recovered 111 million Naira from some of the electoral officers who conducted the Rivers rerun election.
Releasing the report of the investigative panel on Monday, the Police showed cash evidence allegedly recovered from 23 suspects.
The recovered cash was displayed at a news conference where the panel submitted its report to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris.
Receiving the report, the Inspector General vowed to end the culture of political violence perpetrated by politicians.
He promised that all those indicted by the panel’s report, including six dismissed Police officers would be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others who see elections as a do or die affair.
Reacting to the report of the panel, the Director, Voter Education and Publicity of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, pledged to cooperate with the Police authorities in prosecuting indicted officials.
There has been a lot of controversies since the conduct of the re-run election leading to allegations of bribery and intimidation.
When the panel was set up by the Police, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, openly criticized the composition of the investigative committee, saying he had no confidence in it.
He also set up his own committee to look into the complaints and allegation of fraud during the Rivers re-run election.