The Inspector-general of Police, Idris Ibrahim, has sacked 6 police officers attached to Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike for their conduct during the Rivers State lawmakers’ election rerun last month.
According to IG Ibrahim, the dismissed officers namely Inspector Eyong Victor and Sergents Peter Ekpo, Oguni Goodluck, Orji Nwoke, Okpe Ezekiel and Tanko Akor disobeyed Police rules during the elections.
Parading the dismissed policemen, Police PRO Donald Awunah said:
“These aforementioned police personnel while in the convoy of the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on the date of election on December 10, 2016 misused the firearms in their possession contrary to the provisions of Force Order 237.
“The 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.”
However, in a previous statement, Governor Wike said he stopped the rigging of election materials by agents of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), with the help of the policemen on that fateful day.
The governor wondered why the IG of Police is “hell-bent” on arresting and punishing the policemen who were doing their jobs.