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Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike

Re-run elections : Joint Investigation Panel alleges INEC Officials received N360m bribe from Rivers government.

In Rivers state, the Joint Investigation Panel, which probed the legislative elections in the state, has alleged that the state government bribed INEC officials with N360m to rig the poll.

The panel said it recovered N111.3m from 23 INEC officials, who confessed to have received the money from the River Government officials to manipulate the December 10, 2016 rerun polls in the state

The panel, which presented its findings at the Force Headquarters, Abuja yesterday, indicted six dismissed police operatives for misconduct and misuse of arms during the polls, contrary to the provisions of Force Order 237.

The errant operatives were said to have stormed 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 disobedience to senior officers present.

The Inspector-General of Police, IBRAHIM IDRIS, inaugurated the panel on December 22, 2016, following the violence that rocked the poll in which MOHAMMED ALKALI, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, and his driver were beheaded.

But the Rivers State Government has described the claim by the police panel that it financially induced officials of INEC as shameful, defamatory and reckless.

State Commissioner for Information, AUSTIN TAM-GEORGE, challenged the police to prove that Governor NYESOM WIKE bribed INEC workers to rig the December 10, 2016 legislative rerun polls.

TAM-GEORGE, in a statement on Tuesday, also challenged the Police to prosecute and imprison the electoral officers indicted by the panel without delay, even as he described the police investigation as dubious.

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