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We'll prosecute killers of our men in Rivers re-run, vows IGP

We'll prosecute killers of our men in Rivers re-run, vows IGP

The police hierachy may come very hard on those found to have hands in the gruesome killing of some of its personnel in the recently concluded Rivers re-run.

To this end, the Inspector-General of Police,  Ibrahim Idris, has promised to prosecute those behind the killing of policemen during the legislative re-run elections in Rivers.

Idris made the promise when the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, paid him a condolence visit in Abuja on Wednesday.

“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 adding 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.

He disclosed that four suspects had been arrested in connection with the killings, while investigations were ongoing to get to the root of the matter while the severed bodies of the killed policemen  had been found.

He also said that the police would hold any of its officers involved in election fraud in Rivers responsible.

The panel to investigate the incidents in the Rivers elections according to the police boss, would be inaugurated on Thursday while also adding that forensic experts from outside the county would assist the panel to analyse the alleged  audio recordings.

The I-G urged Nigerians to appreciate the efforts of the police and INEC officers in conducting elections in the country.

“We need the support of government and members of the political parties of the states where elections are held“ he said.

The INEC Chairman said on the occasion 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.

He said that the commission would continue to work with security agencies in the county to conduct peaceful elections.



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