IGP sets 30-day ultimatum to probe Wike’s ‘threats’ in Rivers rerun


Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state, is to be investigated over alleged comments made during the re-run elections in Rivers state, NAN is reporting.

Ibrahim Idris, the inspector general of police (IGP),  has set up a panel to investigate and analyse an alleged audio, claiming Wike threatened an electoral officer in the legislative re-run elections in the state.

An audio clip was recently released by an online medium purportedly to be the voice of Wike pertaining to the Rivers elections.

In a statement issued by Don Awunah, the force spokesman, said the panel would also investigate 70 incidents mentioned by Mahmud Yakub, the INEC chairman, during the elections.

He enjoined the Rivers government and INEC to avail the panel with facts at their disposal 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 panel headed by a deputy commissioner of police, has 30 days to submit its report which will be made public.

Meanwhile, Wike has disowned the trending audio clip on his involvement in electoral malpractices in the last re-run elections.

In a statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike’s special assistant on electronic media, on Friday in Abuja, said the governor denied the content of the tape on.

He denied speaking to anyone  during an interactive session with national correspondents in Port Harcourt.

He argued that the audio clip was fabricated using audio software.

He stressed that he never spoke with any electoral officer or anyone for that matter, either in person or over the phone seeking to influence the elections.

“When you look at certain things, you just laugh. At no time did I speak to any electoral officer, let alone issue threats to any electoral officer.

“I never spoke with anybody, I never threatened anybody. Nobody can say that he sat with me or that I threatened him or how.

“Let any electoral officer come forward to say that Ì call him or her on phone.”


Posted by Janice Johnson (Source: The Cable)

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