Rivers will submit report on rerun poll to IGP, says Wike
• State gets new police commissioner
• Assembly renames RSUST to RSU
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has promised to submit the report of the judicial commission of inquiry on the 2016 rerun election to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
He made the pledge when the Chairman of the panel, Justice Chinwendu Nwogu, submitted its report to the governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The panel was raised to probe the killings and other acts of violence that characterised the December 10, 2016 rerun and supplementary elections in the state.
While expressing doubt at the inspector general of police acting on the report, he said he was optimistic that the police as an institution would perform their constitutional duties.
He disclosed that the state executive council would, after deliberating on the report, issue the white paper on it for necessary action by the police.
The governor commended the judicial commission of inquiry for a thorough report, which included videos, testimonies and relevant accounts of all that transpired during the elections.
Justice Nwogu explained that the commission received 13 Memoranda and several exhibits, including expended bullets and also visited different locations to gather its evidence.
He explained that the report, which is in four volumes, captured all aspects of the commission’s assignment.
Though he did not disclose the content of the report, he explained that the recommendations were in line with the commission’s terms of reference.
However, a new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zaki Ahmed, has resumed in the state. This followed the death of the former police boss, Mr. Francis Odesanya.
Prior to this posting, Ahmed Magaji, had acted as the commissioner.
The new commissioner, who is from Kogi State, is the 38th commissioner of police in the state.
Meanwhile, the state House of Assembly has renamed the Rivers State University of Science and Technology to Rivers State University.
This followed the passing into law of a bill seeking to rename the earlier name of the Institution.