Police Dismises Six Erring Officers, Aftermath of Rivers State Election

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IGP, Ibrahim K Idris

The Nigerian Police paraded six of its men that engaged in unethical practices during Rivers state election. This was contained in a press briefing by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don N. Awunah,fsi, at the Force Headquarters Abuja. According to him, six of its men engaged in unprofessional and overzealous conduct when they were in the convoy of Rivers state Governor, Niyesom Wike during the parliamentary elections. 

Read the full statement below;

Gentlemen of the press, you are welcome to today’s press briefing at Force headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja. Let me also use the opportunity to wish us all a happy new year.

Democratic Policing is one of the core values of the current Police management under the leadership of IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni.  The IGP as an ardent apostle of the rule of law and adherent of international best practices of Policing has since assumption of office articulated a master plan to guarantee a reformed electoral process across the country. This is a novel security template devoid of violence, electoral malpractices and the attendant destruction of lives and property which have been a recurring decimal in previous elections in the country.

Undoubtedly, this master plan as implemented by the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies under the auspices of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, (ICCES), has proved largely successful and should engender a credible roadmap for the foot-proof security of future elections in Nigeria.

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The IGP has also instituted comprehensive measures to ensure compliance with strict rules of professional behaviors and code of conduct for officers and men under his watch. To this extent, they are under obligation to conform to the dictates of enabling laws while carrying out their statutory responsibilities to the letter.

Consequently, personnel of the Force who abuse their office, privileges and discretionary powers in the discharge of their official duties, will be brought to justice.

In the case of the recent parliamentary election in Rivers State, the IGP’s resolve to secure the process was reciprocated with the unethical conduct of some bad eggs within the Force.

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In spite of strict warnings and instructions from the IGP that all Police personnel on election duty should be of good conduct and desist from escorting their principals, notably public office holders, and politicians to polling units throughout the period of the election, some recalcitrant police personnel was still found blatantly breaching these directives.  This is unacceptable by all standards in the Force.

Therefore, in the course of discreet investigations into the above misconduct, the following personnel of the Force was found to have in total disrespect to orders and directives, compromised, engaged in unprofessional acts and other unbecoming conduct

These acts, if not checked can be inimical to discipline and proper administration of the Force. Their actions are capable of bringing the entire Nigeria Police Force to disrepute and portray the Force in a very bad light as a lawless organization not guided by the rule of law. The officers are as follows:

i.    AP/No.177893  EX. Inspr. Eyong Victor

ii.    F/No. 400872  EX. Sgt Peter Ekpo

iii.   F/No.374585    EX. Sgt Oguni Goodluck

iv.   F/No. 385870   EX. Sgt. Orji Nwoke

v.    F/No. 234216   EX. Sgt. Okpe Ezekiel

vi.   F/No. 437983   EX. Sgt. Tanko Akor

These aforementioned Police personnel while in the convoy of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State Barr. Nyesom Wike on the date of the election, 10th December 2016 misused the firearms in their possession contrary to the provisions of Force Order 237.

The Service 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.

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The six (6) Police officers, after the conclusion of investigation into this public mischief, were subjected to internal disciplinary measures, found guilty and consequently dismissed from the Force. They will be prosecuted under the Electoral Act to serve as a deterrent to others.

The IGP wishes to restate the commitment of the force to carry out its constitutional obligations in accordance with the law of the land before, during and after every election in Nigeria. This will be done in a very professional manner bearing in mind the need not only to be unbiased but to be seen by members of the public as responsive and responsible security agency in election security in the country.

Nigerians should rest assured that the IGP and indeed the entire management team of the Force will not be deterred in its resolve to rid the Nigeria Police Force of personnel who indulges in actions or inactions that amount to unprofessional and serious misconduct.

The IGP commends all officers and men of the Force for their dedication, commitment, sacrifice, hard work and display of utmost professionalism in their service to the country despite daunting challenges.  Without doubts, our sacrifices and sincerity of purpose will be commensurately rewarded.

Thank you for your time and God bless.

 

  1. The police with Amaechi and the one with Abe who massively rigged election in Ogoni and Ikwerre, what happens to them? Nigerian is entering into bad condition under Buhari and this stupid IGP should understand that Buhari will not be in power forever. As IGP is sacking this innocent police officers, God will revenge for them and tomorrow this stupid IGP will be receiving consequences of his stupidity. These innocent officers sacked should be recalled back, or God will surely fight for them. Can IGP ask what happened before the police went there? if there were no violence caused by the same IGP who wanted to rig the election, would there be any shooting? God will never spare this IGP for the sacking of these innocent officers because of IGP political selfishness. As you have resulted to act this way, Wike will form state own security as he is empowered to do so, we will see who you IGP will sack again tomorrow, if you think what you did will stop Rivers State people from defending their mandate or empower police to rig election, it will never function. This same measure you did to this innocent officers, will be done to you

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