Police reacts to Rivers State re-run election
…Describes CLEEN Foundation report as lurid, misleading
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, has expressed satisfaction with the performance of the police officers
deployed in the re-run parliamentary elections in Rivers State held on Saturday, 10th December, 2016.
The IGP condemned the gruesome murder of one of the police officers, Mohammed Alkali and other
officers still missing days after the election.
Force Public Relations Officer, Don N. Awunah, said in Abuja that the IGP condoled with the family of the deceased for the loss and
identified with the grief of his colleagues even as he has set up a high powered
investigation team to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of the officer and the whereabouts of other policemen.
“The gains of the security personnel’s performance in the Edo and Ondo elections were further
concretised in the Rivers rerun elections in the areas of massive deployment of logistics, enabling the process, stakeholders’ engagement, facilitating voters’
participation, inter-agency collaboration and general provision of peace and security in the state before,
during and after elections.
The performance indicators are visible and verifiable. “There is no doubt that some disgruntled elements in the state attempted to foist violence
and insecurity on the populace that are generally peace loving. Comparatively, the re-run election was a huge success in
contrast to past elections in the state that were usually characterised by violence and wanton destruction of lives and property.
“The IGP master plan on election security will continue to be improved upon for future elections in the country.
This master plan will usher in credible, fair, free and acceptable elections in accordance with the principles of democratic policing and international best practices.
“It must be stated that
the report released by an NGO, CLEEN Foundation that the elections were ‘marred by irregularities, large scale violence, professional misconduct and open bias by security operatives
and electoral personnel’ is in its entirety lurid, fraught with inaccuracies and lacking in substance.
“It is a disservice to the evolving Nigerian democracy and sacrifice of the security personnel for the CLEEN
Foundation report to assert that, ‘There were serious cases of electoral violence orchestrated by the Police,
Army and DSS.’
“It is also saddening for the CLEEN Foundation report to attribute the death of a police officer, Mohammed in the
course of duty to what the report termed ‘unwarranted use of force and shooting.’ It is a brazen display of insensitivity to the fallen officer and
disrespect to the family.
“Undoubtedly, there were some infractions of law in the course of the elections where the police and other security
agencies rose to the occasion and ensured the electoral process prevailed accordingly. Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are our veritable partners; the
extent to which they justify funding should not undermine national interest.
“The IGP wishes to reassure Nigerians that enthronement of credible electoral process remains one of the police’s uppermost priorities. In addition,
the IGP commends the good people of Rivers State for the cooperation availed
the police and other security agencies in the course of the re-run elections,” the statement said.