Rivers Rerun: We Have Not Been Informed Of Police Panel Report – INEC


The Independent National Electoral Commission said it was yet to receive the report of the Police panel that investigated activities surrounding the December 10, 2016 parliamentary re-run polls in Rivers State.

The panel, which was constituted by the police high command, submitted its report to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The report said N111 million was recovered from 23 INEC officials that participated in the elections.

The recovered cash was displayed during the presentation of the report at Police Headquarters.

It alleged that in all, N360 million was offered as bribe to the INEC officials by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

INEC’s Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the commission had not been briefed on the report by anybody on it.

Osaze-Uzzi said when it would see the report and the indictment, INEC would support all processes to prosecute the people indicted in the alleged bribery.

The Chairman of the panel, Damian Okoro, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, made the allegation while presenting the team’s report to Idris.

Okoro alleged that three senior election officials collected N20 million each out of the N360 million allegedly given to key officials by Wike.

He said the other officials received N15 million each.

According to Okoro, there are some cases of misconduct on the part of some electoral officers, who were compromised in the line of duty
Osaze-Uzzi said: “We await the police report.
“Just like everybody saw it on the media, that was how we also saw it.

“As at today, they have not communicated to say this is the report.

“We know the panel has submitted the report to the IG.
“Maybe, he will study it and avail us with the report if need be.”

The director said that the commission would allow the law to take its course on any of its staff members indicted in the alleged bribe.

He said: “If any of our staff has been found culpable, we will deal with him appropriately and then allow the law to take its course.

“If they are charged to court, then normal administrative process will follow.

“If they are convicted, necessary action will be taken.
“If they are not convicted, we will examine if they have committed any administrative breach.

“If they have committed any administrative breach, we will deal with that administratively, while the police will deal with the criminal aspect of it.”

Osaze-Uzzi said the commission had been cooperating with the special investigative panel and the police on the matter.
“We are determined to weed out any bad egg from the system,” he said
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