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Rivers elections: IGP sets up panel to investigate allegations, Wike’s alleged threats to kill


New Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

New Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

The dust is yet to settle on the Rivers State rerun elections, as the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has set up a crack Investigative Panel to unearth the 70 allegations brought by the electoral body and the circulated voice recording threatening to kill some election officials for failing to deliver on a promise they received graft for.

A statement issued yesterday, in Abuja, by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Don Awunah said the panel of inquiry is to be headed by a vastly experienced Deputy Inspector General of Police (DCP), and is to submit its findings in 30 days.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Yakubu Mahmoud had made a statement “to the effect that there were seventy (70) incidents that tended to derail the December 10, 2016 re-run elections in Rivers State.”

The IGP set up the team “of detectives and experts to conduct a thorough investigation into the incidents mentioned by the INEC chairman with a view to unraveling those who directly or indirectly are responsible for such incidences and bring them to justice.”

According to the statement, the team has the mandate to also conduct a forensic analysis of the audio report that went viral after it was released by an online medium “purportedly to be the voice of the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike pertaining to the concluded elections.”

The Police called on both the Rivers State government and the electoral body to cooperate with the team with facts and figures available, as well as, assist them to achieve a comprehensive and conclusive investigation.

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