Police Investigate Wike’s Alleged Threat to Kill INEC Staff Over Bribe

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike is to face investigation over his alleged comment to kill electoral officers who failed to carry out his wish to rig the Rivers re-run election for PDP after collecting bribe from him.
A statement on Saturday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, said the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has constituted a panel of detectives to investigate Wike’s alleged threat and the crisis associated with the rerun elections on December 10.
He said investigation would focus on forensic examination of an audio clip containing threats allegedly made by Governor Wike to kill electoral officials.
Awunah saiid the IG was responding to a statement credited to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Yakubu Mahmud, to the effect that there were 70 incidents that tended to derail the election.
He said the IG “has set up a team of detectives and experts to conduct a thorough investigation into the incidents mentioned by the INEC chairman with a view to unravelling those who directly or indirectly are responsible for such incidences and bring them to justice.
“The investigative team is also mandated to conduct forensic analysis on the audio report released by Sahara Reporters purportedly to be the voice of the Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Wike (CON) pertaining to the concluded elections.
The statement urged the government of Rivers State and INEC to furnish the investigative team with facts at their disposal and grant them the desired cooperation and assistance to achieve a comprehensive and conclusive investigation.
“The election observers, civil society groups, Human Rights watchers and other stakeholders are equally called upon to assist the team with valuable information they may have,” the statement said.
The investigative team is headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police who has “vast experience in investigation”, and the team has 30 days to complete the investigation and submit report that would be made public, Mr. Awunah said.
An online newspaper Sahara Reporters had published an audio recording in which Wike threatened to kill the officials if they did not play to the rule of agreement or return his money.
“They should return what they gave them or I will kill them,” the Governor was heard telling a supposed aide whom he asked to warn the unnamed INEC officials deployed from Plateau.
But Wike denied the audio, saying his voice was super imposed
Wike, who spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt, expressed surprise about the source of the allegation saying that Nigerians should forget about the elections in 2019.
“Did they say I spoke to electoral officers or a third party? You see, when you look at certain thing you will laugh. Tell me, so that I will know where to answer,” he said.
“Who can tell me where I spoke with the electoral officer. What did I say? I never said anything.
“This is just a cover up for the atrocities they committed and as far as I’m concerned, no electoral officer will say I spoke to him or her.
“When I heard that my media people have reacted on the issue, I said they shouldn’t have bordered themselves because I know Sahara Reporters very well.
“When I was the Chief of Staff, there was nothing they did say about me.
“With what I saw during the legislative rerun election, it is enough to tell Nigerians that there would not be free and fair election in 2019 election.
“It is very clear that there will be no election in 2019.
“If they could invade the state for ordinary legislative rerun election aided by the security agencies, and even the Independence Electoral Commission (INEC), then Nigerians should forget about anything credible in 2019 election.
“The implication is that anybody who refuses to accept to align with their manipulation will die before or on the Election Day.
“We demand that the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Steven Hasso and the Commander of Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) Akin Fakorede must leave the state.
“The role of the security personnel in this election has made me to say I will not support them again. If they need support, they should go to NDDC.
“I’m not the Federal Government. Since they cannot protect Rivers people, we cannot support them anymore with Rivers money.”

Author: News Editor

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