The Nigeria Police Force has described, as false and misleading, a
media report suggesting that it was indicted for its role in
legislative re-run elections in Rivers State, which held in December.
The news report in question was published in Wednesday's edition and
it stated that the Nigeria Police Force was indicted by a report of
the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the Rivers
State re-run elections.
The reaction of the Force was contained in a statement signed by Chief
Superintendent of Police (CSP) Jimoh O. Moshood, Force Public
Relations Officer (FPRO). The statement explained that the
Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Lawal K Idris, set up an
investigative panel comprising senior police officers and officers of
the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) to investigate
irregularities, incidents of violence and the roles of security
agencies, including the Police; INEC and other stakeholders deployed
for the re-run elections.
The joint investigative panel, the statement further noted, was also
mandated to investigate the prevalence of armed robbery,
kidnapping/hostage taking, hijack of election materials and attacks on
the electorate, INEC staff, ad-hoc electoral personnel. The Police
added that the panel submitted its report to the Inspector General of
Police on February 7.
"The Nigeria Police Force identified and has proactively taken action
against six Police officers, who were indicted by the Investigative
Panel report to have compromised, engaged in serious misconduct,
misused of firearms, and for other conducts in violation of the
Electoral Act and other enabling laws during the Rivers rerun
"They were arrested, investigated and subjected to internal
disciplinary measures, after being found guilty were dismissed from
the Force and paraded before the media on January 6, 2017 and are
awaiting prosecution. Other agencies whose personnel were also
indicted by the Joint Investigative Panel are expected to do the same
to their personnel indicted in the report without any further delay,"
the statement said.
It added that 23 INEC electoral officials and two of the commission's
administrative officials indicted by the panel were arrested,
investigated and admitted collecting a total of N111, 300,000 from Mr.
Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers State.
"The money was recovered from them. They were granted bail to the
Director of Human Resources, INEC Headquarters Abuja.
"The report, as quoted above, is a disservice to the Nigeria Police
Force because all the issues raised were discovered by the Joint
Investigative Panel and have been dealt with. The story is, therefore,
misleading, malicious and capable of misinforming members of the
public on the statutory roles of the Nigeria Police Force," the
It maintained that the Nigeria Police Force remains apolitical and
will continue to ensure that election security is guaranteed across