Police explains why officers linked to Wike were sacked

Following a tumultuous rerun elections in Rivers State, the Nigerian police force has indicted 6 of its men, linked to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

NPF says the affected officers violated clear instructions during the 10 December, Rivers rerun elections.

NPF also added that the officers will be prosecuted for electoral offenses.

All affected officers are aides of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

Their offense? They escorted Governor Wike and other politicians to polling units throughout the period of the election.

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NPF said the officers had been told not to do this.

NPF’s Public Relations officer, Don Nwunah, said the officers breached the rules of engagement and that is was “unacceptable by all standards in the Force.”

“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.

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“It portrays the Force in a very bad light as a lawless organization not guided by the rule of law”, Nwunah said.

“The Police personnel while in the convoy Governor misused the firearms in their possession.

“This is contrary to the provisions of Force Order 237.

“The Service personnel became overzealous, took laws into their hands and opened fire.

“Their action caused panic in the crowd.

“They also joined in storming the Port Harcourt City Council Secretariat.

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“They prevented the movement of election results of Emouha polling unit to the appropriate collation center designated by INEC.

“After investigating the matter, the six Police officers were subjected to internal disciplinary measures.

“They were found guilty and consequently dismissed from the Force.

The dismissed officers are Inspr. Eyong Victor, Sgt. Peter Ekpo, Sgt Oguni Goodluck, Sgt. Orji Nwoke, Sgt. Okpe Ezekiel and Sgt. Tanko Akor.