Foreign Forensic Experts to Investigate Leaked Audio of Wike’s Threat to Kill INEC Officials

The Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Idris has said that the Nigeria Police will hire foreign forensic experts to investigate the leaked audio where Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike threatened to kill uncooperative electoral officials.
Idris spoke when the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, paid him a condolence visit in Abuja on Wednesday.
The IG, who confirmed this on Wednesday, said the forensic investigators would be invited.
He said that forensic experts from outside the county would assist a panel to analyse the audio recordings.
Idris said the panel to investigate the killings of its officers and others in the Rivers re-run elections on December 10 would be inaugurated on Thursday. He said the Police would legally deal with any of its officials involved in election fraud in Rivers.
“I want to assure you and the country that we will not leave any stone un-turned to prosecute those behind the dastardly act,” he said.
He said that the officers were killed in the line of duty to their fatherland.
The IG said that the situation in Rivers called for the contribution and support of government and party leaders.
“The incidents in Rivers show that we need the support of the people in the areas where elections were held.
“The situation in Rivers has shown that we must say no to election violence in the country,” he said.
The Rivers Government has already set up its own commission to investigate the violence that marred the elections while the PDP has rejected the police investigation and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an independent panel on the matter.
The police chief also promised to prosecute those behind the killing of police officers during the re-run elections.
Meanwhile, the body of the beheaded Police officer, Alkali Mohammed, during an ambush at Omoku, Onelga Local Government Area, has been recovered.. He was killed alongside his police aide.
Idris said that four suspects had been arrested in connection with the killings, while investigations were ongoing to get to the root of the matter.
“We need the support of government and members of the political parties of the states where elections are held,” he said.
Earlier, the INEC Chairman, Yakubu, said that there could never be peaceful elections in the country without adequate security.
“INEC cannot conduct free and fair elections without the Nigeria Police Force,” he said.

Author: News Editor

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