The Nigeria Police have made good threat to deal decisively with any personnel of the force found culpable of electoral offence in the December 10, 2016 Rivers re-run. The Force Headquarters Friday announced the sack of six of its men for violation of clear instructions during the elections. In addition, they will be prosecuted for electoral offences.
The policemen, all aides of Governor Nyesom Wike, were said to have breached rules handed over by the Police High Command urging them to be of good conduct and desist from escorting their principals, notably public office holders and politicians to polling units throughout the period of the exercise.
Force Public Relations officer and deputy commissioner of police, Don Awunah in a statement, said the blatant breach of the rules by the sacked officers was “unacceptable by all standards in the Force.
“These acts, if not checked can be inimical to discipline and proper administration of the Force. Their actions are capable of bringing the entire Nigeria Police Force to disrepute and portray the Force in a very bad light as a lawless organisation not guided by the rule of law”, Awunah said.
The dismissed officers are Eyong Victor, Peter Ekpo, Oguni Goodluck, Orji Nwoke, Okpe Ezekiel and Tanko Akor. Detailing their offences, Nwunah said, “the police personnel while in the convoy of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike on the date of election,10th December, 2016 misused the firearms in their possession contrary to the provisions of Force Order 237.
“The Service personnel became overzealous, took laws into their hands and opened fire, causing panic in the crowd. They joined in storming the Port Harcourt City Council Secretariat and prevented the movement of election results of Emouha polling unit to the appropriate collation centre designated by INEC, in flagrant disregard and disobedience to senior Police officers present at the venue.
“The six Police officers, after the conclusion of investigation into this public mischief, were subjected to internal disciplinary measures, found guilty and consequently dismissed from the Force. They will be prosecuted under the Electoral Act to serve as a deterrent to others”, he added.